Mountain West Spotlight: San Diego State

June 23, 2012


SDSU Quick Facts
Location: San Diego, Calif.
Founded: 1897
Enrollment: 35,887
President: Dr. Elliot Hirshman
Athletic Director: Jim Sterk
Colors: Scarlet and Black
Nickname: Aztecs

SDSU Aztecs
Tony Gwynn Stadium
Viejas Arena
Hayley Miles
2012 All-American in Softball

Viejas-Arena SDSU-logoSan Diego State Aztecs

Sports Offered:
Men's: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis
Women's: Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Water Polo

Home Venues:
• Football: Qualcomm Stadium (70,561)
• Men's & Women's Basketball: Viejas Arena (12,414)
• Volleyball: Peterson Gym (3,668)
• Baseball: Tony Gwynn Stadium (3,000)
• Softball: SDSU Softball Stadium (1,000)

MW Championships (not including tournament championships for those sports that crown both a regular season and tournament championship):
• Softball: 5 (2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2012)
• Men's Basketball: 3 (2006, 2011*, 2012*)
• Men's Tennis: 3 (2005, 2006, 2007)
• Baseball: 2 (2002, 2004)
• Women's Basketball: 2 (2009*, 2012)
• Women's Swimming & Diving: 2 (2011, 2012)
• Men's Golf: 1 (2011)
• Women's Soccer: 1 (2009)
• Women's Tennis: 1 (2003)
* denotes co-champions

Distinguished Alumni:
• Russell Carpenter: cinematographer of Titanic (1997 film)
• Andy Rathbone: author of '...for Dummies books, technology writer
• Linda A. Lang: Chairman & CEO Jack in the Box
• Ralph Rubio: founder, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
• Jim Sinegal: (Costco) Chief Executive Officer, Time Magazine's 2006 list of The 100 most influential people
• Bernard Rimland: PhD, noted autism researcher and founder of the Autism Society of America
• Ellen Ochoa: BS, Physics (PhD Stanford), First Latina astronaut
• Belle Benchley: Director of San Diego Zoo from 1927 to 1953
• Jerry Sanders: current mayor of San Diego and former Chief of Police
• Eugene P. Wilkinson: first Commanding Officer of the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear submarine

Top Athletes:
• Marcelo Balboa, World Cup and MLS soccer star
• Marshall Faulk, NFL Hall of Famer
• John Fox, Denver Broncos Head Coach
• Joe Gibbs, former Washington Redskins head coach, NLF Hall of Famer, owner of NASCAR racing team
• Mark Grace, former MLB player, World Series Champion
• Tony Gwynn, Baseball Hall of Famer
• Chris Marlowe, Sportscaster, former Olympic volleyball player
• Steven Strasburg, MLB pitcher

Shining Moments:
• 1941 - SDSU's men's basketball team won the 1941 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
• 1966, 1967 - The Aztec football teams won the NCAA "Small College" (Division II) National Championships. The 1968 team shared the national title.
• 1973 - The men's volleyball team won the NCAA Championship, but SDSU no longer has men's volleyball. One of the 1973 team stars was Chris Marlowe, current play-by-play announcer for the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
• March 19, 2011 - The men's basketball team defeated Temple 71-64 in two overtimes to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

Interesting Tidbits:
• San Diego State University first adopted the Aztec name in the 1920s as a nickname for the collegeʹs sports teams. In 1925, the student newspaper followed suit, changing its name from The Paper Lantern to The Aztec. Since that time, San Diego Stateʹs celebration of Aztec heritage has permeated the campus.
• From the 1986-87 season to 1999-00, SDSU won an average of 9.8 games per year in men's basketball. Since the hiring of Steve Fisher as head coach, SDSU has since been to nine postseason tournaments and won seven MW Championships (combining regular season and MW Tournament titles).
• The history between the Aztecs and Bulldogs goes as far back as 1924, when the two teams first met in football. The baseball teams first met on April 1, 1939 in San Diego and the men's basketball programs first played one another on Jan. 5, 1940. In women's basketball, the first game between the two schools was on Jan. 13, 1977 and the first volleyball match came on Nov. 1, 1980. Then in the 1981 season, Fresno State and SDSU played on another for the first time in softball.
• The Aztec women's basketball team has made the NCAA tournament in three of the last four seasons and nine times overall in program history.

Fresno State-SDSU Classic:
On March 2, 2008, the Fresno State baseball team posted 17 hits in a 9-2 win over 22nd-ranked San Diego State. Five different Bulldogs had two or more hits in the game with second baseman Erik Wetzel leading the way by going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two driven in. Eight of Fresno State's nine runs scored in the game came with two outs.

That win came in the San Diego Tournament early in the 2008 season, which was the most memorable season in program history as the Bulldogs would go on to win the College World Series.

Also of Note: Nov. 20, 1993 - Fresno State defeated SDSU 63-37 in the regular season finale to capture a share of the WAC title in football for the second-straight season. Bulldog running back Ron Rivers ran for 218 yards and two touchdowns in what was then the third-highest single-game rushing total from a Fresno State tailback. Quarterback Trent Dilfer also threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Fresno State's Series History with San Diego State
Sports Series Record Last Meeting
Football 27-20-4, San Diego State leads Dec. 3, 2011 - SDSU 35, FS 28 in San Diego, Calif.
Men's Basketball 54-48, San Diego State leads Dec. 3, 2008 - UNLV 82, FS 76 in Fresno, Calif.
Women's Basketball 25-11 San Diego State leads Nov. 30, 2002 - FS 59, SDSU 49 in Fresno, Calif.
Volleyball 22-9, San Diego State leads Sept. 17, 2004 - FS 3, SDSU 0 in Fresno, Calif.
Baseball 84-79, Fresno State leads March 13, 2010 - FS 10, SDSU 0 in San Diego, Calif.
Softball 55-9, Fresno State leads March 2, 2012 - FS 4, SDSU 1 in San Diego, Calif.
Women's Tennis 7-5, San Diego State leads May 10, 2003 - FS 4, SDSU 0 in Tempe, Ariz. (NCAA Tournament First Round)
Men's Tennis 11-6, Fresno State leads March 1, 2012 - FS 4, SDSU 3 in San Diego, Calif.
Women's Soccer 7-2, San Diego State leads Aug. 21, 2009 - SDSU 1, FS 0 in San Diego, Calif.