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Aztec Host Purdue for Four-Game Series This Weekend

Seby Zavala is hitting .450 over SDSU's last five contests.
Seby Zavala is hitting .450 over SDSU's last five contests.

March 13, 2014

Complete Release and Season Statistics Get Acrobat Reader

WHAT'S ON TAP THIS WEEKEND IN AZTEC BASEBALL
San Diego State returns home on Friday to begin a four-game series against Purdue. SDSU will face the Boilermakers on Friday (Mar. 14), Saturday (Mar. 15) and Monday (Mar. 17) at 6:00 p.m. with Sunday's (Mar. 16) game time set for 1:00 p.m. All four of the contests vs. Purdue can be heard live on ESPN 1700 AM radio in San Diego with links to those broadcasts available at www.GoAztecs.com.

SERIES RECORD
This weekend's four contests vs. the Boilermakers will be the first-ever meetings between Purdue and San Diego State on the baseball field.

MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore third baseman Ty France was named the Mountain West Player of the Week for games played during the period March 3-9. Over SDSU's four games last week he hit .500 (7-for-14) with a double, home run, six RBI and four runs scored. His solo home run vs. Nevada on Sunday was his team-leading fourth of the season.

MW PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore right-hander Mark Seyler made it an Aztec sweep of the conference weekly awards when he was named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week on Monday. He tossed eight innings of shutout ball in SDSU's 3-0 win over Nevada on Sunday (Mar. 9). He allowed only three hits and struck out five as only two Nevada base runners reached as far as second base. In the process Seyler improved to 3-1 and lowered his season earned run average to 2.28

CEDEROTH SAVES
Since moving to the SDSU bullpen as the closer, junior Michael Cederoth has made eight appearances and recorded a win and six saves. In those eight relief stints (10.2 innings) he has allowed no runs on one hit while striking out 11. Last week he made two appearances out of the pen as SDSU's closer and registered two saves. He is six-for-six in save opportunities in 2014. Opponents are hitting just .091 against him.

KENDZORA SHUTS `EM OUT
Senior TJ Kendzora made just his second start of the season in the win at Cal State Northridge on Tuesday (Mar. 11). In that game he tossed seven shutout innings scattering seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Although he allowed two runners on base in each of the first four innings, he worked his way out of trouble each time stranding seven men over that period. He went on to retire the final seven hitters he faced from the fifth through seventh innings as he picked up the win. With the victory Kendzora improved to 2-0 on the season and lowered his earned run average to 1.06.

FRANCE CONTINUES STRONG START
Ty France has hit safely in 11 of the past 12 games, going 23-for-46 (.500) with 10 extra-base hits (seven doubles, three home runs), 18 RBI and 12 runs scored. In those 11 games he has compiled a .913 slugging percentage and a .547 on-base percentage. France leads the team in batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs and runs batted in as well as slugging and on-base percentage. His three doubles in the contest vs. West Virginia on Feb. 23 tied the SDSU record for two-baggers in a game.

ALLEN BEGINS NEW STREAK
Greg Allen has a five-game hitting streak in progress and he has recorded at least one hit in 13 of the last 14 contests. During his current five-game streak he is hitting .421 (8-for-19) with a double, RBI and eight runs scored. He has scored at least once in each of the past five games and nine of the last 10. Over SDSU's last 10 games he is batting .425 with two doubles, a triple, 5 RBI and 13 runs scored. He was involved in a fielder's choice on defense at Cal State Northridge. With Matador runners at first and second he grabbed a ball that dropped in front of him and fired to third for the force out.

HITTING STREAKS
Greg Allen and Ryan Muno have the team's current longest hitting streaks at five games. The longest for an Aztec this season is eight games by Allen, Seby Zavala and Ty France. France and Zavala have reached safely in all 16 games (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) while Muno has done so in the 11 games in which he has appeared.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Senior second baseman Tim Zier is within striking distance of several San Diego State career marks. He has played in 190 games during his SDSU career and could catch the record of 225 contests by Jake McLintock (2002-05). He is currently tied for third in career at bats with 750. The record is 843 by McLintock. Zier is also fourth in career hits with 245. The top Aztec mark is 281 by McLintock. His 30 times hit by pitch ranks third, six behind record holder Pat Colwell (2007-09, 11). He is tied for 18th in career doubles with 36. With 109 career RBI he is 14 shy of entering the SDSU all-time top 20 in that category. Evan Potter's 28 career sacrifice bunts is three shy of the SDSU record of 31 held by Steve Dietz (1990-93).

AZTEC NOTES
The 3-0 win over Nevada and 12-9 victory at Cal State Northridge in the last two games mark the first time that SDSU has tossed back-to-back shutouts since 2008 when it blanked Harvard (Mar. 26) and Houston (Mar. 28) at home ... With a record of 12-4, San Diego State is off to its best start under Head Coach Tony Gwynn and the best for an SDSU squad since the 1997 team opened with a record of 14-2 ... Freshman Marcus Reyes threw 3.2 shutout innings in the game vs. Nevada on Mar. 7. In his two appearances (4.1 innings) he has allowed no runs on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts ... The Aztecs have used only two players as a pinch hitter through the first 15 games of the season. Spencer Thornton is 1-for-1 in that role while Tyler Adkison is 1-for-3 ... Ty France is 11-for-16 (.688) with runners in scoring position while Greg Allen is also 9-for-14 (.643).