The San Diego State Aztecs got their first home victory to start a weekend series against Seton Hall and then completed a clean sweep against the Pirates today.
In the first game, it took all 9 innings and a hit-by-pitch for the Aztecs to get a 4-3 victory. Greg Allen started the rally in the 9th inning with single, followed by a single by Tim Zier, then followed by an intentional walk. Then DH Brad Haynal stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and a tie game in the bottom of the 9th. Time to be a hero. It wasn’t a grand slam or a scorcher up the line for the win. It was a bad pitch. Haynal took one for the team and forced the game winning run across the plate. Allen finished the game going 3-4, an RBI, and 2 stolen bases. Freshman Bubba Derby picked up his first career win after coming in in relief in the 8th inning. Michael Cederoth pitched 6.1 solid innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs.
In game two, the Aztecs racked up 10 runs on 13 hits for a 10-4 win. SDSU broke out for 4 runs in the 2nd inning behind John Spirk’s 2-run single. In the third inning, Ty France hit his first career long ball, driving in two runs in the process. Spirk and France each added 3 RBI’s. Philip Walby pitched 5.0 shutout innings, allowing only 4 hits and picking up the win, his first of the season.
In the third and final game, Avondre Bollar and Evan Potter each posted 2 RBI’s en route to a 6-2 victory to complete the weekend sweep. Catcher Jake Romanski went 2-2 and scored twice. Ryan Doran pitched great, going 7.2 innings, only allowing 2 runs after the Pirates strung 8 hits off of him. He struck out six batters before giving way to Derby, allowing him to pick up his 4th save of the young season.
The Aztecs will go back on the road to take on Arkansas on Thursday.