Baseball Welcomes Air Force This Weekend
March 8, 2018
Friday - 6:00 pm
SDSU: LHP Jacob Erickson (1-0, 2.08 ERA)
AF: RHP Tyler Mortenson (0-3, 7.11 ERA)
Saturday - 4:00 pm
SDSU: RHP Harrison Pyatt (1-0, 3.68 ERA)
AF: RHP Matt Hargreaves (0-3, 7.43 ERA)
Sunday - 1:00 pm
SDSU: RHP Garrett Hill (2-0, 1.80 ERA)
AF: LHP Ryan Holloway (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
NEWS AND NOTES
TIME CHANGE FOR SATURDAY: Due to the expected forecast on Saturday night, the start time for Saturday's game has been moved up to 4:00 p.m.
ON THE AIR: All three games this weekend will be live on the Mountain West Network and live stats will be available at GoAztecs.com.
HOMEGROWN: The San Diego State roster features 10 players from San Diego. Collectively, San Diego natives have posted 66 percent of SDSU’s 2018 hit total (75 of 113).
PITCHING SHINES: San Diego State pitching is off to one of its best starts in program history, owning a .224 opponent batting average and 122 total strikeouts -- both are the best starts for the SDSU pitching staff through a season’s first 12 games since joining the Mountain West in 2000.
BROOM SHOPPING: San Diego State extended its winning streak against San Jose State to eight games on Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader against the Spartans by scores of 7-2 and 11-1. SDSU has outscored SJSU 60-21 and lead the all-time series, 73-39.
In game 1, David Hensley, Chad Bible, and Jordan Verdon all hit the first home runs of their seasons to drive in six of SDSU’s seven runs, while Harrison Pyatt earned his first win of the season with a season-high 5.1 innings pitched.
In game 2, SDSU posted its highest run total of the season, largely in thanks to David Hensley’s career-high four hits. Both Chase Calabuig and Hensley recorded three RBI to pace the offense, and on the mound, Garrett Hill improved to 2-0 on the year with seven strikeouts, no walks, and five hits allowed in six shutout innings.
EYEING 1,000: Head coach Mark Martinez is in his fourth season at the helm for
IMPACT FRESHMAN: Freshman outfielder Matt Rudick has been one of the focal points for the SDSU lineup in the early goings of the 2018 season, hitting a team-best .439 (third best in the Mountain West) while also leading the team with a .500
RECAPPING THE LEGACY: SDSU recorded its best record when hosting a regular season tournament since 2012 last weekend, going 2-1 in the 2018 Tony Gwynn Legacy. The Aztecs recorded an extra-inning win against Arizona on Friday night, before falling victim to a three-run ninth inning in a 5-2 loss against No. 4 Arkansas Saturday night. The Aztecs concluded a stretch of five games in five days with a pair of one-run wins over Grand Canyon (5-4) and Michigan (4-3) before the team fell in its road schedule opener at UC Irvine, 9-4.
EXPERIENCE ON THE DIAMOND: Despite having a team of 15 freshmen -- the program’s largest freshman class since 2011 -- the Aztecs have two of the most experienced players in the nation this year in Chase Calabuig, who is fifth among all DI players with 191 career games played, and Jacob Erickson, who leads all DI pitchers with 99 career pitching appearances. The Aztecs are the only team in the nation to have a player in the top five of both categories.
1 JJ Schwarz, Florida 222
2 Ryan Chandler, Rice 198
3 Gage Morey, FGCU 197
4 Gabe Snyder, Wright St. 192
5 Chase Calabuig, San Diego St. 191
1 Jacob Erickson, San Diego St. 99
2 Cooper Hammond, Miami (FL) 93
3 Dylan Moore, Louisiana 89
4 Seth Pinkerton, Hartford 87
5 Wyatt Burns, Samford 84
PLAYING CLOSE: San Diego State has either led or was tied after eight innings in each of its first eight games (10-of-12 total) to start the season. The Aztecs are particularly strong in the later stages of the game, owning one of the longest active winning streaks in the country when leading after eight innings at 56 games.