Friday, May 24, 2013

Stayin' Alive — Aztecs beat Fresno State 4-0

San Diego State third baseman Ty France got right to the point after Friday’s 4-0 win over Mountain West Conference Tournament host Fresno State kept the Aztecs' tournament title hopes alive.

With their backs to the wall in the elimination game, the Aztecs handed the ball to senior right-hander Ryan Doran. He delivered a complete-game shutout, limiting the Bulldogs to seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. It was what the team has come to expect from Doran, who improved to 8-3 while lowering his team-leading ERA to 2.53.

SDSU (28-29) plays UNLV (37-19), which lost 7-1 to New Mexico in today's late game, for another elimination game Saturday at 3 p.m. If the Aztecs beat UNLV, they would then play New Mexico (37-18) for the MWC Tournament title. SDSU would need to beat the Lobos twice to win it.

Against Fresno State, Doran allowed base runners in seven of nine innings, but only one advanced as far as third base and only one other made it as far as second.

Doran received all the run support he needed when the Aztecs scored a third-inning run with two outs. France and Brad Haynal singled and then Jake Romanski walked to load the bases for Evan Potter, whose grounder to third was fielded cleanly but dropped by Bulldogs first baseman Trent Garrison. That allowed France to score.

SDSU added a run in the fifth and made it 4-0 in the sixth on a two-out, two-run double by Greg Allen.

France had three of the Aztecs' nine hits in the game.

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