Aztecs to Conclude Regular Season at Fresno State

The Aztecs will close out the 2014 regular season with three games at Fresno State beginning Thursday.

May 13, 2014

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San Diego State will conclude its 2014 regular season with a three-game Mountain West Conference series at Fresno State this weekend. The opening meeting between the Aztecs and Bulldogs is set for Thursday, May 15, at 6:35 p.m. at FSU's Beiden Field. The teams will also hook up for contests on Friday (May 16) and Saturday (May 17) at 6:35 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. respectively.

San Diego State enters the week tied for third in the league standings with Nevada at 15-12 and could finish anywhere from first to fifth in the final standings heading into next week's Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas. New Mexico sits in first place with an 18-9 league record with UNLV second at 17-10. Fresno State is in fifth place at 12-15. In addition to SDSU playing at Fresno State, other league series this weekend include Air Force at New Mexico and Nevada at UNLV.

SDSU's record against Fresno State stands at 86-87 with the Bulldogs being the team that the Aztecs have faced the most in the sport of baseball. Earlier this season SDSU captured two of the three games played between the teams at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Last season the Aztecs won five of seven games vs. FSU including a win at the Mountain West Tournament in Fresno. The Aztecs are 43-43 at home, 39-43 in Fresno and 4-1 on neutral fields against Fresno State.

San Diego State junior right-hander Michael Cederoth has been named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week for games played from May 5-11. It marks the second such honor of the season for Cederoth (San Diego, Calif. / Steele Canyon HS), who made three appearances out of the bullpen last week recording a win and pair of saves. Over his 6.2 innings pitched for the week, Cederoth had a 0.00 earned run average with six strikeouts and opponents hit just .053 against him. The saves were his 18th and 19th of the season as he is within one of the SDSU single-season record of 20 set by Addison Reed during the 2009 campaign.

With his hit in the first inning at New Mexico on Sunday May 4, Tim Zier became the all-time hits leader at SDSU. He added three more this past weekend and now has 289 in his Aztec career. He had a 10-game hitting streak end in the contest at New Mexico on May 3. It is the longest hitting streak by an Aztec in 2014. He has hit safely in 15 of the past 16 contests going 23-for-63 (.365) with five doubles, seven RBI and seven runs scored.

Greg Allen has hit safely each of the past nine games and 12 of the last 13. During his current nine-game hitting streak he is batting .333 (13-for-39) with two RBI and seven runs scored. Allen has had 19 multiple-hit games during the 2014 season to rank second on the squad. Allen continues to lead the Mountain West in steals with 24.

Ty France has reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in 28 of the last 29 contests. At Long Beach State on 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 accomplished the feat in 2004. He had three RBI in the game vs. UNLV on May 10 for his 11th multiple-RBI effort, second most on the squad. France leads the team in multiple-hit games with 21.

Since moving to the SDSU bullpen as the closer, junior Michael Cederoth has made 27 appearances and recorded five wins and 19 saves. His 19 saves ranks second in the nation in NCAA Division I entering the week. Opponents are hitting just .181 against him. He has been involved in 24 of SDSU's 35 wins this season (win or save).

San Diego State has been successful on 71.7 percent of its stolen base attempts this season (66-of-92). Opponents have a 45.8 percent (22-of-48) success rate. Senior Brad Haynal has thrown out 25-of-46 runners trying to steal on him. He has also picked off two runners. Freshman CJ Saylor has caught one of two attempted stolen bases.

Ty France's .364 batting average is third the Mountain West this week. He is also second in runs scored (45) and on-base percentage (.465). He is fourth in doubles (18) and fifth in RBI (40) while standing sixth in hits (68) and fourth in slugging percentage (.540). Tim Zier's .340 average ranks eighth in the league and he is also sixth in hits (68), eighth in runs scored (38) and tied for seventh in doubles with 12. Greg Allen leads the league with 24 stolen bases. Brad Haynal is second in the conference with 11 home runs and is fifth in slugging percentage at .536. Pitcher Mark Seyler is second with eight wins while Bubba Derby is tied for fifth with six wins. Derby's 2.72 earned run average ranks fifth. Derby is third with 83 strikeouts while Mark Seyler is fifth with 69. Michael Cederoth is the conference saves leader with 19 saves. As a team, San Diego State is third in team batting average (.284), third in earned run average (3.75) and first in fielding percentage (.972).

Steven Pallares has gone 4-for-11 (.364) hitting safely in each of the last four games in which he has appeared (vs. Long Beach State 5/6, vs. UNLV 5/10-11). He scored once and stole a base in each of those contests and recorded one RBI ... RHP Cody Thompson has a record of 4-1 with a 1.07 earned run average in games at Tony Gwynn Stadium this season (seven appearances, two starts) ... Danny Sheehan was pressed into service at shortstop when Evan Potter was hit by pitch in the second inning of last Saturday's contest vs. UNLV and had to leave the game. Sheehan went 1-for-3 in the contest with an RBI and run scored ... 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 ... San Diego State went 10-2 this season in mid-week (Tuesday & Wednesday) contests ... The Aztecs have been involved in 16 one-run games and are 14-2 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 ... San Diego State is one of seven teams in the nation with two players who have started over 100 consecutive games together (Greg Allen-160 games and Tim Zier-151 games). In addition, Evan Potter has now started 106 consecutive contests for the Aztecs.

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