Aztecs Travel to UNLV for MW Conference Series

Greg Allen leads the Mountain West in steals and ranks fifth in batting average and thrid in on-base percentage.

March 20, 2014

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San Diego State resumes Mountain West play this week with a three-game series against league-leading UNLV in Las Vegas. That series will begin with a contest on Friday, Mar. 21, at 6:05 p.m. at the Rebels' Earl E. Wilson Stadium. SDSU and UNLV will also meet for games on Saturday (Mar. 22) and Sunday (Mar. 23) at 1:05 p.m. each day. All three of the contests vs. UNLV can be viewed live on the Mountain Digital Network with links to those broadcasts available at

SDSU's record against UNLV over the years stands at 70-51. The teams first met in 1978 and were members of the Western Athletic Conference together for 19 years before moving to the Mountain West for the 2000 baseball season. The Aztecs dropped four of six contests to the Rebels during the regular season in 2013 before the teams split games at the Mountain West Tournament in Fresno. SDSU is 34-15 vs. UNLV in San Diego, 34-31 in Las Vegas and 2-5 at neutral sites.

Sophomore right fielder Spencer Thornton was named the Mountain West Player of the Week for games play March 3-9. Over four contests last week he hit .533 (8-for-15) with a double, triple, home run, eight RBI and seven runs scored.

Since moving to the SDSU bullpen as the closer, junior Michael Cederoth has made 10 appearances and recorded two wins and seven saves. In those 10 relief stints (14.2 innings) he has allowed three runs on four hits while striking out 13. During last weekend's Purdue series, he made three appearances, picking up a save on Thursday (Mar. 14) and a win on Sunday (Mar. 17). Opponents are hitting just .138 against him.

Tim Zier hit safely in each of SDSU's four games last week and is on a five-game hitting streak. He has six RBI and seven runs scored over that span. He has scored a run in each of the Aztecs' last nine contests and 16 of the last 17. He hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field, in the Mar. 11 win at Cal State Northridge. He added a third RBI late in the contest with a sacrifice fly. His only other home run as an Aztec came last season in a game at Air Force on April 13. Zier has a pair of four-hit games this season, the only Aztec to accomplish that feat thus far in 2014.

Tyler Adkison has gone 5-for-9 over SDSU's last three contests with a double, four RBI and three runs scored. He hit his first home run as an Aztec in the contest vs. Purdue last Sunday (Mar. 16). The freshman outfielder has struck out only three times in 56 plate appearances this season.

Ty France had a six-game hitting streak come to an end in the series finale against Purdue on Monday (Mar. 17). He also ended a string of driving in at least one run in eight straight contests, During that streak he hit .545 (12-for-22) with three doubles, a home run, 10 RBI and nine runs scored. He has scored in each of the Aztec's last seven games. France leads the team (and the Mountain West) 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.

After going just 1-for-20 in the prior six contest, catcher Brad Haynal's bat came to life in the four-game series vs. Purdue last weekend (Mar. 14-17). In those four contests he went 10-for-18 (.556) with three doubles, a home run, four RBI and three runs scored. He recorded three hits in each of the final three games vs. the Boilermakers.

Seby Zavala has a six-game hitting streak ended in the series opener vs. Purdue last Friday (Mar. 14). He has hit safely in eight of SDSU's last nine contest going 13-for-35 (.371) with three doubles, eight RBI and 10 runs scored. He had opened the season with an eight-game hitting streak that ended with the contest at St. Mary's on Mar. 1. During that streak he hit .314 with three doubles, three RBI and six runs scored. Zavala has recorded four assists from left field including directly throwing out three runners at home plate.

Spencer Thornton has the team's current longest hitting streaks at eight games. That ties for the longest streak this season by an Aztec (Seby Zavala, Greg Allen and Ty France). France and Zavala has reached safely in all 20 games this season (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) while Thornton and Ryan Muno current streaks stand at 11 games.

Senior second baseman Tim Zier is within striking distance of several San Diego State career marks. He has played in 194 games during his SDSU career and could catch the record of 225 contests by Jake McLintock (2002-05). He is currently third in career at bats with 764. The record is 843 by McLintock. Zier is also third in career hits with 249. 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 18th in career doubles with 37. With 112 career RBI he is 11 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). Michael Cederoth's 190 strikeouts rank 16th on the SDSU career chart.

The 3-0 win over Nevada (Mar. 9) and 12-0 victory at Cal State Northridge (Mar. 11) marked 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 16-4, 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 the same mark ... Aztec pinch hitters have gone 4-for-10 this season. CJ Saylor and Spencer Thornton have recorded hits in their lone pinch hitting appearances while Tyler Adkison and Cody Sos are each 1-for-3 ... Evan Potter has hit in five straight games, driving in three runs and scoring four times ... Freshman left-hander Aaron Cross made his SDSU debut last Saturday (Mar. 15) vs. Purdue as he tossed 1.1 innings in relief allowing no runs on two hits with a strikeout ... Spencer Thornton is the lone Aztecs to have as many as five RBI in a game, a feat he accomplished vs. Purdue last Sunday (Mar. 16) ... In his last three relief appearances covering 5.1 innings, Cody Thompson has allowed just one hit and recorded six strikeouts ... Ty France is 14-for-20 (.700) with runners in scoring position while Greg Allen is 9-for-16 (.563).

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