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France, Seyler Earn MW Weekly Baseball Honors

Mark Seyler earend conference Pitcher of the Week honors for his perrformance against Nevada last Sunday.
Mark Seyler earend conference Pitcher of the Week honors for his perrformance against Nevada last Sunday.

March 11, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Third baseman Ty France and right-hander Mark Seyler have been named the Mountain West Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively for games played during the period of March 3-9. They were instrumental in helping the Aztecs win three of four games last week that included a victory over 24th-ranked University of San Diego and two of three in the conference series vs. Nevada.

France, a sophomore from West Covina, Calif. (South Hills HS) hit .500 (7-for-14) over the four games with a double, home run, four RBI and six runs scored. For the week he had a slugging percentage of .786 along with a .566 on-base mark.

In the contest vs. No. 24 University of San Diego, France had a two-RBI single that drove in the first two runs of SDSU's six-run third inning. He also scored a run in that frame and had a single and walk along with a stolen base later in the game. In the loss in the first game against Nevada, he drew one walk and had a sacrifice fly that brought home SDSU's third run of the game.

In the win over the Wolf Pack on Saturday, he reached base in four of his five plate appearances including a single and RBI double. He scored twice and was walked and hit by pitch. In the series finale he added two more hits to his total including a solo home run in the eighth inning that provided an insurance run in SDSU's 3-0 win. His single in the first inning drove in the first run of the game for SDSU.

France's .455 batting average leads the Mountain West heading into the week and is the only average in the conference above the .400 mark. He is also first in slugging (.782), on-base percentage (.523), doubles (9), runs scored (15), RBI (18) and home runs (3).

Seyler, a sophomore from Agoura Hills, Calif. (Agoura Hills HS) tossed eight innings of shutout ball in SDSU's 3-0 win over Nevada on Sunday. Over that time he scattered three hits along with three walks and five strikeouts. He allowed a base runner as far as second base in only two innings and got a pair of double play grounders to erase base runners.

After getting the final out in the top of the sixth he retired the side in order in both the seventh and eighth innings. He was lifted in the top of the ninth after surrendering a leadoff walk. For the game Nevada batters hit just .125 against him. With the win he improved to 3-1 on the year while lowering his earned run average to 2.28

After a trip to Cal State Northridge to take on the Matadors at 3:00 p.m. today (Mar. 11), the Aztecs will return home for four-game series against Purdue that gets underway on Friday (Mar. 14) at 6:00 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium.