The Aztecs likely left eight to 10 wins on the table this season because of the offense's inability to get hits at key moments.
SDSU had no such problem in this afternoon's opening game of the Mountain West Conference Tournament, pounding Air Force pitching during a 15-6 victory in Fresno.
"We did a better job of hitting with runners in scoring position," said SDSU coach Tony Gwynn. "That's kind of been our bugaboo all season. We did a lot of things right today and, hopefully, we keep it going."
Third-seeded SDSU (27-28) meets second-seeded UNLV (36-18) on Thursday at 3 p.m. Top-seeded New Mexico (35-18) plays at 7 p.m. against fifth-seeded Nevada (25-30), a 4-3 winner in 12 innings over tournament host Fresno State (21-32). Air Force (15-38) plays Fresno State in Thursday's early game, with the loser eliminated from the double-elimination tournament.
The tournament champion receives the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Against Air Force, SDSU junior right-hander Philip Walby (4-3) allowed two runs in the first inning, then settled in. Walby went eight innings, allowing five runs with four strikeouts and one walk.
SDSU's 16-hit attack was led by second baseman Tim Zier, who was 4-for-5 with two RBI, and first baseman Ryan Muno, who was 2-for-5 with four RBI. Teammates Greg Allen and John Spirk each added two hits and two RBI.