San Diego State didn't forget how to score during its recent six-game losing streak, although it almost seemed that way with the Aztecs totaling just eight runs during that stretch.
Good pitching beats good hitting, but c'mon.
On Friday night, the Aztecs made Fresno State starting pitcher Tyler Linehan look good, despite the 9.82 ERA with which he entered the game. Linehan pitched a complete-game shutout in his first start of the season.
SDSU made no such mistake Saturday night against Bulldogs starter Derick Velazquez, pounding the pitcher in an 11-6 Mountain West Conference victory at Fresno State's Beiden Field.
The Aztecs (8-11, 1-1) scored four runs in the first inning — the big blow a three-run homer by freshman third baseman Ty France — against Velazquez. The Bulldogs (4-13, 1-1) were into their bullpen by the fourth inning, Velazquez chased by eight hits and eight runs (six earned).
A three-run seventh inning capped the Aztecs' biggest offensive night of the season. SDSU finished with 13 hits in the game. DH Jake Romanski led the way, going 5-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. The performance boosted Romanski's team-high batting average to .400 (26-for-65). Second baseman Tim Zier added three hits and scored three runs. First baseman John Spirk had two hits, as did France, who finished with four RBI.
SDSU junior right-hander Philip Walby was not as effective as he had been in recent weeks, allowing four runs in four innings. Five walks is what hurt Walby, who was replaced by teammate Justin Hepner in the fifth. Hepner (1-1) allowed two runs on four hits over the next four innings before giving way to closer Bubba Derby in the ninth.
The teams conclude the three-game series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. SDSU senior right-hander Ryan Doran (2-2) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Aztecs.