Sunday, March 31, 2013

Aztecs salvage final game of New Mexico series

San Diego State's 13-6 win at New Mexico on Saturday averted a three-game sweep, enabling the Aztecs to return home just one game behind the Lobos in the Mountain West Conference standings.

An eight-run sixth inning keyed SDSU's victory. The Aztecs banged out 16 hits in the game, including three hits each by Ryan Muno, Jake Romanski and Ty France. DH Mitch Bluman had two hits and a team-high three RBI.

SDSU's Ryan Doran (4-2) allowed just two runs over five innings to get the victory.

New Mexico won the first two games of the series on 14-3 and 7-5 scores. SDSU's Michael Cederoth (1-4) had his struggles in the first game, allowing eight runs in four innings. SDSU had a 5-4 lead in the second game before the Lobos rallied for three runs in the seventh inning.

Perhaps most notable in the losses was all the walks issued by Aztecs pitchers, who walked eight batters in the first game and nine in the second game. They walked five in Saturday's win.

New Mexico (6-3, 13-13)
Nevada (5-4, 17-11)
San Diego State (5-4, 13-14)
UNLV (4-4, 19-8)*
Air Force (2-4, 8-17)*
Fresno State (2-5, 6-18)
*does not include Sunday's result

SDSU plays a home-and-home series with UC Riverside. The Aztecs play host to the Highlanders on Monday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium and travel Tuesday for a game at Riverside. UC Riverside (13-9) is coming off a three-game sweep of UC Irvine in its opening series of Big West play.

SDSU hopes to get catcher Brad Haynal back for the Riverside series. Haynal has been out with a hairline fracture of his hand suffered two weeks ago at Fresno State.

The Aztecs then meet Nevada for a three-game MWC series Friday-Sunday at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Wolf Pack comes in tied for second place with SDSU after taking two of three games this weekend against Fresno State.

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