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Aztecs Host UNLV for Final Home Series of 2014

TJ Kendzora is one of four seniors to be hoonred on Sunday prior to the Aztecs' final home game of the season.
TJ Kendzora is one of four seniors to be hoonred on Sunday prior to the Aztecs' final home game of the season.

May 8, 2014

Complete Release and Season Statistics Get Acrobat Reader

WHAT'S ON TAP THIS WEEKEND IN AZTEC BASEBALL
After its win on Tuesday at Long Beach State, the San Diego State baseball team returns to San Diego for its final home games of the season as it hosts Mountain West Conference co-leader UNLV for a three-game series. The opening meeting between the Aztecs and Rebels is set for Friday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The teams will also hook up for contests on Saturday (May 10) and Sunday (May 11) at 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. respectively.

SENIOR DAY
Sunday has been designated as Senior Day for the SDSU baseball team. The Aztecs will honor four players who will be making their final career appearances at Tony Gwynn Stadium. That quartet includes shortstop Evan Potter and second baseman Tim Zier along with pitchers Justin Hepner and TJ Kendzora.

ZIER HITS AWAY
With his hit in the first inning of the game at New Mexico on Sunday (May 4), Tim Zier became the all-time hits leader at SDSU. He added two more at Long Beach State on Tuesday (May 6) and now has 286 in his Aztec career. That contest, in which he recorded a single and double, marked his 19th multiple-hit game of the year.

ALLEN CONSISTENT
Greg Allen has hit safely each of the past six games and nine of the last 10. During his current six-game hitting streak he is batting .333 (9-for-27) with two RBI and five runs scored. Allen has had 18 multiple-hit games during the 2014 season.

FRANCE CONTINUES STRONG
Ty France has reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in each of the last 26 contests. At Long Beach State this past Tuesday (May 6) he was hit by pitch three times to tie the Aztec single-game record in that category. The record is also held by current Director of Baseball Operations Landon Burt, who did it in 2004.

CEDEROTH SAVES
Since moving to the SDSU bullpen as the closer, junior Michael Cederoth has made 25 appearances and recorded five wins and 17 saves. His 17 saves ranks third in the nation in NCAA Division I entering the weekend. Opponents are hitting just .191 against him.

ADKISON STREAKING
Freshman outfielder Tyler Adkison has hit safely in nine of the past 10 games with four RBI and six runs scored over that span. He had a seven-game hitting streak end last Saturday (May 3) at new Mexico. He has started in right field in each of the past 11 contests. Adkison has split time this season between starting in right field (22 times) and as the designated hitter (16 times).

STEALING AWAY
San Diego State has been successful on 71.3 percent of its stolen base attempts this season (62-of-87). Opponents have a 44.7 percent (21-of-47) success rate. Senior Brad Haynal has thrown out 25-of-46 runners trying to steal on him. Freshman CJ Saylor has caught one of two attempted stolen bases.

HOME COOKIN'
San Diego State's home record of 22-4 this season is the program's best since the NCAA instituted the 56-game regular-season maximum schedule in 1991. Its previous best home mark over the past 24 seasons was 24-7 during the 2002 campaign. The Aztecs' best all-time home record came in 1983 when it went 40-4 in games at Charlie Smith Field when there was no limit on the number of games a team could play. SDSU finished 62-15 that season.

AZTEC NOTES
Freshman Marcus Reyes made his first career start as an Aztec on Tuesday (May 6) vs. Long Beach State. He tossed five innings allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts ... Redshirt freshman catcher CJ Saylor made his SDSU pitching debut in the series finale vs. San Jose State on Sunday (Apr. 27). He came on to face the final batter in the top of the ninth and recorded a strikeout ... The Aztecs have been involved in 15 one-run games and are 13-2 in those contests. They own the top record in one-run contests among all Division I teams who have been involved in at least 15 such games ... Spencer Thornton went 5-for-10 and drew thee walks during last weekend's (May 2-4) series at New Mexico ... The two triples (Greg Allen and Seby Zavala) vs. Cal State Northridge on Tuesday (Apr. 22) marked the first time the Aztecs had recorded two three-baggers in a game since Apr. 25, 2010, when Blair Moore and Josh Chasse tripled vs. Wagner at Tony Gwynn Stadium ... San Diego State is one of seven teams in the nation with two players who have started over 100 consecutive games together (Greg Allen-152 games and Tim Zier-145 games) ... 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.