Fresno State baseball kicks off conference play this Friday at 6:35 p.m.
March 14, 2013
Games 16-18 • San Diego State (7-10) at Fresno State (3-12)
March 15-17, 2013 (6:35 p.m. PT/6:35 p.m. PT/1:05 p.m. PT)
Fresno, Calif. --- Beiden Field
Radio: 940 AM ESPN (Paul Loeffler & Ray O'Canto)
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• Fresno State is set to host its inaugural conference series as a member of the Mountain West versus the San Diego State Aztecs at Beiden Field this weekend, March 15-17.
• Preseason All-American Aaron Judge leads the `Dogs with a .328 batting average and .574 slugging percentage. He also holds the team lead in hits (20), home runs (3), RBIs (12) and total bases (35).
• Fresno State and SDSU last played each other in a mid-week game in 2010, the 'Dogs were victorious 10-3 - Fresno State owns a 58-52 all-time series advantage. The last series between the two schools was in 1999.
• Derick Velazquez was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week on March 4 for games played Feb. 25-March 3, 2013.
• Fresno State's Aaron Judge won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby and enters the 2013 season with three Preseason All-American honors.
FRESNO STATE TO HOST INAUGURAL MOUNTAIN WEST SERIES
Fresno State hosts San Diego State in its inaugural Mountain West series from March 15-17. Friday and Saturday will be under the lights as first pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. PT. each evening while Sunday's game will get started at 1:05 p.m. PT. All three games will be broadcast on 940 AM ESPN Radio with veteran Bulldog Baseball play-by-play announcer Paul Loeffler calling the action alongside Ray O'Canto all three days. A live audio feed will be available at www.GoBulldogs.com/AllAccess (subscription required).
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
SDSU enters the extended weekend series 7-10 on the season. The Aztecs are in the midst of a five-game losing streak with its last loss coming on Tuesday at UC Irvine, 4-2. Prior to UC Irvine was a four-game trip to face Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. SDSU is 4-6 on the road in 2013. SDSU is led by Tony Gwynn who is in his 10th season as head coach. The Aztecs returned 24 players from last season's squad that finished third in the Mountain West (26-34, 12-12 MW).
#DIAMONDDOGS LOOK TO BREAK OUT OF A SLUMP
After Fresno State picked up its first series win over USC at home the 'Dogs have dropped its last five games. The Bulldogs fell 10-3 to San Jose State on March 5 in a mid-week game at home before visiting Cal for a four-game series last Thursday-Sunday. The 'Dogs battled in every game in Berkeley but were ultimately swept by the Bears of the Pac-12. Each game, beginning with a 5-4 extra innings loss on day one of the series began a continuous struggle with the Bears. Saturday and Sunday was much of the same as the `Dogs fell in hard-fought games, by one run on Saturday, 4-3, and a four-run seventh by the Bears broke a 4-4 tie on Sunday to give Cal the sweep.
With a lineup featuring 11 freshman, two of which that are redshirt freshman, there's been ample opportunity for the young guns. Last time out versus Cal, Kevin Viers registered five of the teams 12 RBIs during the four-game series. Louie Payetta picked up three starts in Berkeley, going .375 from the plate and posted one RBI and one run. Luke Wiechec made two appearances in relief, surrendering no runs and striking out one in 1.1 innings. While Brody Russell registered his first career home run and Aaron Gillis picked up his first start on the mound in the mid-week game on March 5 prior to the trip to Cal.
The Fresno State weekend rotation of William Munro, Derick Velazquez and Tim Borst has a combined record of 3-2 and an ERA of 3.38 as a group in 69.1 innings pitched. The threesome has also produced 33 strikeouts with Velazquez leading all starters with 14 K's.
IF EVERYDAY WAS SUNDAY
The Bulldogs' Aaron Judge, a 2013 Preseason All-American, produced another Sunday statement versus Cal on March 10 by posting his third home run of the season, all three homers have been a result of a Sunday plate appearance by Judge. The previous Sunday at home against USC he had four hits, including a triple, two doubles, and a single - just the home run away from recording the program's second cycle. Through the first four weeks of the season, Judge is 13-for-19 (.684) with 10 RBIs in Sunday games.
Derick Velazquez NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PITCHER OF THE WEEK
The Fresno State right-hander earned his first career Mountain West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honor as the league's recipient for games played from Feb. 25-March 3, 2013. Velazquez, a sophomore from Los Banos, Calif., pitched a complete game to give the Bulldogs a 5-1 win on Saturday over USC in his third career start without allowing an earned run over nine strong innings of work. Velazquez had a shutout going until the final out of the contest when an unearned run crossed the plate on a walk. He surrendered seven hits and two walks to go with five strikeouts, becoming the first Bulldog pitcher to go the distance this season.
ST. PATRICKS DAY WEEKEND FESTIVITIES AT BEIDEN FIELD
Fans can celebrate the day of the Irish at Beiden Field on Sunday as live Irish music will be on-hand with Irish line dancers. The Bulldogs will be wearing their Irish themed hats on the diamond and fans will have the chance to purchase the one-of-a-kind hat like the 'Dogs wear at the Bulldog shop kiosk on the third base side of the concourse.