Mountain West Baseball Tournament Recap: Day Four
Here is a recap of the day four games of the 2015 Mountain West Baseball tournament.
Game 9 - #4 New Mexico 9 #3 Fresno State 1
Lobos freshman Carl Stajduhar hit two home runs, a double and three RBIs and sophomore pitcher Carson Schnider chipped in pitching 7.1 innings giving up only three hits and striking out five as the Lobos easily defeated the Bulldogs 9-1 in the first game of the day that was supposed to be played on Friday night but was postponed due to rain.
The win puts the Lobos in the Mountain West Tournament championship game.
Stajduhar had went six straight games without driving in a run but his three RBIs against Fresno State gave him a season total of 53 RBIs which is the school record for most RBIs for a freshman. And Stajduhar wasn't the only Lobo who was hitting well against Fresno State. Sophomore Lane Milligan hit a two run homer today and freshman Reece Weber hit a triple that scored two runs as well. In three games in the Mountain West tournament, the Lobos have outscored opponent 36-5.
While the hitting for the Lobos have been excellent, the pitching has been just as outstanding. In 21 innings, the New Mexico pitchers have an ERA of 2.57 while only giving up six runs in that span.
The Lobos would await to see who they would face in the Mountain West Championship game. It would be either San Diego State or Fresno State,
Game 10 - # 2 San Diego State 7 #3 Fresno State 6 (Final/10 innings)
Aztecs short stop Danny Sheehan went 2 for 5 with a home run, two RBIs and scored two runs and led the Aztecs offense as they defeated the Fresno State Bulldogs in ten innings 7-6 to clinch a spot in the championship round.
Sheehan got help from fellow Aztecs Seby Zavala as he went 1 for 3 with a home run ( his fourh home run in this tournament) The Bulldogs were lead by Taylor Ward as he went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and his fellow teammates Taylor Tempel went 2 for 6 and scored two runs in the losing effort.
Temple got the Bulldogs going early with a bunt single and he scored when Bulldogs first basemen Kevin Viers hit a sacrifice fly to score Tempel to give Fresno State a 1-0 lead. The Aztecs took a 2-1 lead when Zaval hit a two run home run and Fresno State tied the game at 2-2 when Taylor Ward hit a sacrifice fly to score a run.
The contest was a back and fourth affair until the seventh inning when Taylor Ward hit a single to score a run which made it 5-4 Fresno State. In the bottom of the seventh, Sheehan hit a solo home run to tie the game at 5-5. In the eighth inning, the Aztecs took the lead when Justin Wylie hit a single to bring in a run to give the Aztecs a 6-5 lead.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 6-6 when Nick Warren hit a two out ground ball up the middle to score a run and when the Aztecs could not score at the bottom of the ninth, the game went into extra innings.
In the bottom of the tenth inning, the Aztecs had two men on base when Chase Calabuig hit a ground ball to left field and a converted Bulldogs outfield Brody Russell threw the ball to home. The throw went wide and Brown scored the game winner and sent San Diego State to the Championship Round of the Mountain West tournament.
"I was kinda nervous", Calabuig said after the game, "I just had to do it for the team because I knew how bad they wanted it".
The Aztecs will face the Lobos in the Championship round and must beat the Lobos tonight in order to force a winner-takes-all final game on Sunday for the tournament title. If the Lobos win, the win the Mountain West Tournament.
Game 11 - #2 San Diego State 11 #4 New Mexico 1 (Final/7 Innings)
This game was over early when in the third inning, the Aztecs scored eight runs on ten hits to take an 8-1 lead. The Aztecs scored again in the fourth inning when Seby Zavala hit a double and scored a run and in the fifth inning, Alan Trejo hit his first career home run which was a two run shot, to make it 11-1 Aztecs. Because of the run rules the game ended in seven innings at 11-1.
With the Aztecs win tonight, it sets up the winner takes all between these two teams again at Peccole Park to decide the 2015 Mountain West Tournament Championship. The game will start at 1 pm PST.