Monday, February 18, 2013

Aztecs ranked No. 22 by Collegiate Baseball

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — San Diego State's three-game, season-opening sweep of USD over the weekend earned the Aztecs recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper, which ranked the Aztecs No. 22 in its Top 30 poll — full poll here — released Monday.

The Aztecs (3-0) opened the season Friday with an 8-1 win over USD at the Toreros' new Fowler Park. SDSU followed that with a 4-2 win on Saturday and a 5-3 win on Sunday. Junior Justin Hepner earned a four-inning save in the first win and freshman closer Bubba Derby picked up saves in the other two victories.

The top hitting performances in the series were turned in by center fielder Greg Allen (.538, 5 runs), second baseman Tim Zier (.429, 7 RBI), DH Brad Haynal (.385, 3 RBI), third baseman Ty France (.333) and first baseman Ryan Muno (.308).

The SDSU bullpen allowed just two runs in 12.2 innings of relief work.

The Aztecs play their home opener Thursday at 6 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium when they open a four-game series against Oregon State (3-0), which is ranked No. 9 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. The Beavers opened the season with three victories — against Utah Valley, Gonzaga and UC Riverside — in the Palm Springs Tournament. They play UC Riverside again Monday before heading to San Diego.

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