No. 25 Baseball Makes Crosstown Trip to USD

March 12, 2018

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NEWS AND NOTES

VS. THE TOREROS: San Diego State makes a crosstown trip to Fowler Park on Tuesday evening, looking to extend its winning streak at San Diego to four games. The Aztecs, which dropped a 3-2 10-inning contest at home against the Toreros earlier this season, are 7-1 in its last eight games at Fowler Park. The loss for the Aztecs earlier this season snapped a three-game winning streak when playing the Toreros. Since the two teams met earlier this year, the Toreros own a record of 6-5, while the Aztecs are 7-4.

The Last Meeting
San Diego3  
San Diego State210
February 20, 2018
Tony Gwynn Stadium
Baseball Tripped Up in Extra Innings Against San Diego
Box Score
The San Diego State baseball suffered a 3-2 setback against crosstown foe San Diego on Tuesday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium, falling victim to a 10th-inning RBI double by USD’s Dante Gutierrez.

ON THE AIR: USD will produce a live stream via TheW.tv and live stats will be available at GoAztecs.com. 

25 IN THE NATION: The Aztecs came in at No. 25 in Baseball America’s national top 25 rankings on Monday for the second consecutive week. Last week marked
as the first time since April 23, 2009, that SDSU has been featured in Baseball America’s top 25. The Aztecs are the third-highest California team in the rankings, only trailing No. 3 Stanford and No. 16 UCLA and are the fifth highest program in a non-power 5 conference.

HOMEGROWN: The San Diego State roster features 10 players from San Diego. Collectively, San Diego natives have posted 62.5 percent of SDSU’s 2018 hit total (85 of 136). 

UNDER PRESSURE: Since falling to San Diego 3-2 on Feb. 20, the Aztecs have won five consecutive one-run games. In the team’s last 10 one-run games, the Aztecs own a 9-1 record. 

PITCHING SHINES: San Diego State pitching is off to one of its best starts in program history, owning a .218 opponent batting average and 150 total strikeouts -- both are the best starts for the SDSU pitching staff through a season’s first 15 games since joining the Mountain West in 2000. 

THROUGH THE START OF MW ACTION: The Aztecs are 4-1in the Mountain West after earning a series win over Air Force last weekend, giving the Aztecs its 12th weekend series win over a Mountain West opponent in its last 14 tries. 

Through the first five games of conference play, the Aztecs are outhitting their opponents .288 to .200 while owning a 2.20 ERA and tagging opponents for a 4.19 ERA. 

Chad Bible leads the team offensively in MW play, owning a .400 batting average, eight total hits, two home runs, and a .800 slugging percentage. Garrett Hill has yet to allow a run over 12.2 innings pitched in conference play, paving the way for Hill’s 2-0 record and 15 strikeouts against only three walks and six hits.

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 .438 (second best in the Mountain West) while also leading the Mountain West with a .517 on-base percentage. Rudick took over the leadoff spot in the lineup last weekend against Grand Canyon, and since that point, the Scripps Ranch HS product has gone 16-for-31 (.516) with eight RBIs. The freshman also currently rides a team-best nine-game hitting streak and 13-game on-base streak. 

NEVAREZ NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST: Last week junior catcher Dean Nevarez was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, which honors the nation’s top catcher each season. Last season, Nevarez hit .301 as a sophomore while finishing second on the team with nine home runs. The San Diego native particularly thrived in MW action, slugging a team-best .735 with a .368 batting average.

The Johnny Bench Award was created in 2000 and is administered by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission and presented after the conclusion of the College World Series. Former winners include current MLB players Buster Posey (2008, Florida State) and Kurt Suzuki (2004, Cal State Fullerton).

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