Patrick’s AztecRoundup is back after two weeks, here’s a look at what’s happened on the Mesa.
Softball neck-and-neck, O’Toole leading the way
SDSU’s softball squad has been churning out victories this season at an amazing rate and boasts a record of 31-12, but a recent trip up to Fresno resulted in two losses for the Aztecs, which dropped them to second place in the Mountain West Conference standings.
As of now, SDSU is in a three-way tie for first in the conference, but missed an opportunity to jump to the top by way of winning two out of three at home against Utah State, a sub .500 team.
Senior pitcher Danielle O’Toole has been dominant, putting up a 23-5 record with a 1.42 ERA. She was also named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season.
Patrice Jackson and Sydnee Cable have been leading the offense this season. Jackson is hitting .373 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs, while Cable is hitting .375 with 25 RBIs.
SDSU’s season only gets more difficult. A trip to University of Nevada, Las Vegas is underway as I’m writing this, and Colorado State is coming to town next weekend for a pivotal three-game series. The Rams are tied with the Aztecs atop the Mountain West standings with an 8-4 conference record.
Martinez steps in, baseball gearing up for road ahead
Cancer treatments have caught up with SDSU Baseball Head Coach Tony Gwynn, which has resulted in Gwynn missing the past month.
Assistant Coach Mark Martinez has kept the team on track. The Aztecs have a 12-8 record during Gwynn’s absence including winning two of three games on the road against No. 21 UC Irvine.
Much of the success is due to closer Michael Cederoth, whose 15 saves are second in the nation and first in the conference. His high velocity has resulted in batters only hitting
.179 against him. The 6-foot-6-inch junior was also named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week and was ranked seventh in Baseball America’s list of the top 100 pitchers in college baseball.
Outfielder Greg Allen may be the unsung hero of the team so far. Allen has been an absolute nightmare for opposing pitchers due to his potent base-stealing abilities. He’s successfully stolen 20 bases, but his impact as a leadoff hitter has been felt throughout the lineup. The 6-foot junior is hitting .316 with 13 RBIs and a .426 on-base percentage.
The season is approaching its climax, with trips to New Mexico and Fresno State looming and a three-game visit from UNLV. The Aztecs sit fourth in the conference standings behind New Mexico, UNLV and Nevada-Reno.
Tennis teams prepare for MWC Championships, No.1 seeds grab POW awards
Both men’s and women’s tennis wrapped up disappointing seasons last week, but hope to bring home trophies from this week’s Mountain West Championships in Fresno.
The men finished with a 3-1 conference record and an overall record of 11-11, which was good for second place.
Junior Thorsten Bertsch was awarded Mountain West Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the second time this season. Bertsch finished with a 17-12 singles record at the No.1 spot this year.
The women, on the other hand, finished tied for second with a 4-1 mark and an 11-12 mark.
Senior Laura Antoñana Iriarte won her fifth Mountain West Player of the Week award this season. The 43rd-ranked player in the country finished the season with a 25-7 record in singles as the top-seeded player, closing out a remarkable career as an Aztec.
Men’s Basketball Honored by Mayor
The men’s basketball team was honored by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at the San Diego City Council meeting on April 15th. Faulconer proclaimed the day SDSU Men’s Basketball Day in San Diego.