The SDSU baseball team played four games in their first full week of the 2014 season, going 3-1 over that span. They opened the week with a win in their home opener against LMU. In the weekend series against West Virginia, the Aztecs rebounded after a game one loss and won the next two games. SDSU has used solid pitching and timely hitting to get to 5-2 on the season. Tim Zier hit .563 (9-16) and Ty France hit .462 (6-13) with six RBI this week. Mark Seyler went 2-0 this week, throwing 12.2 innings with 11 strikeouts total.
Tuesday: Loyola Marymount 2, San Diego State 9
In the first game of the year at Tony Gwynn Stadium, starting pitcher TJ Kendzora and the Aztecs fell behind the Lions in the first inning on a pair of unearned runs. Both sides’ pitching was excellent for the next several innings, until LMU pulled starting pitcher J.D. Busfield (5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4K, 2 BB) after five innings. SDSU capitalized on relief pitchers Brandon Horth and Bret Dahlson, opening up the sixth with three singles, two walks, a triple, and a sac fly to take a 6-2 lead. They added three more in the eighth, including a two-RBI single by Tim Zier (4-5, 2 RBI). The Aztecs compiled 14 hits, with five players having a multi-hit night. Mark Seyler came in to pitch for SDSU in the third and threw 5.2 shutout innings allowing only three hits. LMU was held hitless from the second to the fifth and the SDSU pitching staff didn’t allow an earned run.
W: Seyler (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4K, BB)
L: Horth (0 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, BB)
Friday: West Virginia 6, San Diego State 2
SDSU started off their second weekend series in a similar fashion to their first. The Aztec offense couldn’t get anything going, scoring just two runs on five hits. West Virginia came into San Diego after earning a 1-2 record at The Citadel Tournament. The Mountaineer offense scored six runs on 14 hits, with a pair of 3-for-5 outings from Billy Fleming and Jacob Rice. The Aztecs scored two in the fourth on a double by Ty France to take a 2-1 lead, but WVU immediately scored two of their own in the fifth and never let go of the lead. West Virginia starter Harrison Musgrave tossed eight strikeouts in route to his first victory of the year.
W: Musgrave (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8 K, BB)
L: Robards (6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 4 K)
Saturday: West Virginia 1, San Diego State 2 (10 innings)
The second game of the series became a pitching duel between SDSU starter Bubba Derby and WVU starter Sean Carley. Each team could only muster one run in the first nine frames. Derby went 8 strong innings, allowing one earned run with seven strikeouts. Not to be outdone, Carley tossed 7 innings and 9 strikeouts without allowing an earned run. These near-perfect outings led to extra innings. In the tenth, the Aztecs loaded the bases on two hit batters and a walk. Freshman Tyler Adkison beat out a possible double play ball to drive in the winning run, giving the Aztecs the 2-1 win. Although Derby didn’t get the win, he kept the Aztecs in the game by holding the Mountaineers to just one run.
W: Cederoth (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB)
L: Simms (2.1 IP, 2 H, ER, K, BB)
Sunday: West Virginia 3, San Diego State 7
SDSU won their second series in as many tries with a 7-3 win on Sunday afternoon. The team got to WVU starter John Means early, scoring in each of the first three innings to build a 4-0 lead. Mark Seyler allowed just two runs in seven innings, compiling seven strikeouts. He earned his second win of the week, improving his record to 2-0. Offensively, the Aztecs found the gaps often, hitting six extra-base hits, led by Ty France’s three doubles. After France’s double in the first knocked in Zier, the Aztecs added two more runs on a costly error on a routine fly ball by West Virginia right fielder Shaun Wood. Seyler gave up a pair of RBI singles in the fourth, but nothing else in his outing. France’s third double of the game drove in Ryan Muno and Seby Zavala to make it 6-2. Each team would add one in the eighth. Michael Cederoth came in for the four-out save to seal the Aztec victory.
W: Seyler (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 7 K, BB)
L: Means (3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, K, 3 BB)
S: Cederoth (1.1 IP, 2 K)
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