Aztecs to Visit UCSB for Three Games This Weekend

The Aztecs will play a three-game non-conference series at UC Santa Barbara starting Friday.
April 20, 2017

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WHAT’S ON TAP THIS WEEKEND IN AZTEC BASEBALL
After its 10-1 win at UC Riverside on Tuesday, San Diego State will continue its week with a non-conference series at UC Santa Barbara. The first contest of that set is scheduled for Friday, April 21, at 3:00 p.m. PT at UCSB’s Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Aztecs and Gauchos will also meet up for games on Saturday (April 22) and Sunday (April 23) at 2:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. PT respectively.

SERIES RECORD
San Diego State’s record vs. UC Santa Barbara stands at 81-29-1 since the teams first met back in 1936. The Aztecs and Gauchos last played each other at the 2015 NCAA Regional in Lake Elsinore, Calif., where SDSU defeated the Gauchos, 4-3, in an opening round contest. Prior to that, the teams had not faced each other since 2009 when they played home-and-home contests on back-to-back days with each winning on the other’s field. The Aztecs are 43-17-1 vs. UCSB at home, 35-11 in Santa Barbara and 3-1 at neutral sites.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior right fielder David Hensley was named the Mountain West Player of the Week for his performance in four games during the week of April 9-16. Over those four games he hit .647 (11-for-17) with a double, triple, home run, six RBI and seven runs scored. He recorded at least three hits on three of SDSU’s four contests last week. Hensley was also selected the Madness Mountain West Player of the week by CollegeSportsMadness.com.

TREJO DOES IT ALL
Alan Trejo has been stellar both at the plate and on the mound in 2017. Over the last six games he is hitting .520 (13-for-25) with a double, home run, seven RBI and eight runs scored He recorded his first win on the mound in the victory over Nevada on April 9, tossing two late scoreless innings. He has made 10 appearances on the mound this season and is 1-1 with one save and a 1.38 ERA.

ADKISON MAKES HIS MARK
Outfielder Tyler Adkison was named a second team Perfect Game/Rawlings Midseason All-American. He has also been added to the 40-player watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the top amateur player in the country. He has hit safely in seven of the last eight games with two doubles and four home runs. He hit his team-leading 11th home run of the season in the contest at UC Riverside on Tuesday (April 18).

VERDON GETS ON BASE
First baseman Jordan Verdon has reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in each of SDSU’s last 25 contests. He ranks among the top 10 in the nation in triples and sacrifice flies. He has hit safely in seven of the past eight contests, going 13-for-30 (.433) with a double, triple, six RBI and six runs scored.

CALABUIG HEATING UP
Outfielder Chase Calabuig has hit safely in 12 of SDSU’s last 13 games. He has the team’s longest current hitting streak at eight games. During that streak he is hitting .412 (14-for-34) with a double, two home runs, six RBI and six runs scored. Over SDSU’s past 11 games he is hitting .400 (18-for-45) with three doubles and two home runs. He had a career-high four hits in the contest at UC Riverside on Tuesday (April 18).

SHEEHAN HITS AWAY
Senior Danny Sheehan currently appears on 75-player the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award presented to the nation’s top shortstop. In last weekend’s final two games at UNLV (April 15-16), he went 5-for-10 with three doubles, a home run, four RBI and five runs scored. On Tuesday at UC Riverside, he had a hit, walk and scored a pair of runs.

NEVAREZ COMES THROUGH
In SDSU’s last five games, catcher Dean Nevarez is hitting .600 (9-for-15) with three doubles, a triple, home run, 10 RBI and eight runs scored. His RBI single in the eighth inning on April 9 vs. Nevada tied the contest, and he would score the winning run later in the inning. He is hitting .378 in conference play with 18 RBI in the 15 games (10 starts) in which he has appeared.

SAYLOR STANDS TALL ON THE MOUND
Senior right-hander CJ Saylor has recorded nine saves along with a win this season as the Aztecs’ closer. He threw one scoreless inning on Tuesday at UC Riverside as he struck out three of the four batters he faced. The last seven outs he has recorded (and eight of nine) have been via the strikeout.

PITCHING LEADS THE WAY
Over the past 16 games, the SDSU pitching staff has posted a 12-4 record with a 2.76 earned run average. Opponents have hit .241 over those 16 contests. Included in that run are a shutout victory and two one-run wins.

STREAKS
Chase Calabuig has the current longest hitting streak for the Aztecs at eight games. David Hensley has seven-game streak in progress. Jordan Verdon has reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in the past 25 games with Calabuig second at 14 in a row followed by Alan Trejo at 10. Andrew Brown has recorded a team-leading 17 multiple-hit contests with Trejo second at 16. Tyler Adkison leads the team with 10 multiple-RBI games while Brown and Jordan Verdon have eight.

AZTEC NOTES
After opening the season with a 3-4 record, San Diego State is 24-7 in its last 31 contests … The Aztecs have not lost more than two games in a row this season and that has occurred on two occasions (Feb. 24 and 25 vs. Tennessee and Seton Hall; March 26 and 28 at Fresno State and at USC) … Over the last 16 contests, the Aztecs are hitting .332 to .241 by opponent. They also have a team ERA of 2.76 while opponents’ ERA is 7.25 … SDSU has committed 27 errors in its first 38 contests for a .982 fielding percentage. The team record for fielding percentage in a season is .978 set during the 2013 campaign … Andrew Brown is hitting .429 (21-for-49) with runners in scoring position while Danny Sheehan is at .425 (17-for-40) … Junior David Hensley’s 17 career sacrifice bunts tie him for 11th on the SDSU career top 20 in that category … Sophomore Jordan Verdon’s 11 career sacrifice flies tie him for 12th on the SDSU career top 20 list … Dominic Purpura’s 2.32 earned run average in league games leads the conference this week.

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