The Wolf Pack extended its winning streak to six games on Sunday with an 11-4 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs in front of a crowd of 493 at Peccole Park. The three-game Mountain West sweep over the Aztecs gives the Wolf Pack sole possession of third place in the Mountain West at 11-7.
The Pack, now 19-14 overall, has won eight of its last nine Mountain West games. Its six-game winning streak is its longest winning streak since it also won six in a row from April 24 to May 2, 2009.
The Wolf Pack, which won four of six games this season against San Diego State, outscored the Aztecs 23-6 this weekend in the three games at Peccole Park. The Aztecs fell to 25-11 overall and 10-8 in the Mountain West.
This is the first time all season that the Aztecs have lost more than one game in a row.
Brad Gerig led the Wolf Pack’s 13-hit attack on Sunday with two hits and two RBI, including his first home run of the season. Gerig’s two-run homer, with Jordan Devencenzi on base, gave the Pack a 5-0 lead in the third inning.
The Pack scored three runs in the second inning off Aztecs starter Mark Seyler. Kewby Meyer, who had two hits, and Justin Bridgman each drove in runs in the inning with singles. Jordan Dunatov also stole home on a double steal with Bridgman in the inning.
Bridgman added a run-scoring single in the fifth as the Pack scored four more runs to take a 9-2 lead. Bryce Barger also scored in the inning on a wild pitch. Scott Kaplan drove in a run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly and Jay Anderson later scored in the inning on another wild pitch.
Jason Deitrich earned his first win of the season for the Pack, going six innings and allowing just six hits and two runs. Deitrich lowered his earned run average on the year to 2.84.
The six runs scored by the Aztecs is their lowest total in a three-game Mountain West series this season. The Aztecs came to Peccole Park this weekend averaging six runs a game.
Colby Blueberg, Evan McMahan and Adam Whitt each pitched an inning in relief of Deitrich. Blueberg has now appeared in 21 games while Whitt made his 19th appearance.
The Wolf Pack roughed up Seyler for seven runs on nine hits in just 4.1 innings. Seyler had a 2.48 ERA entering the game.
The Pack’s 23 runs this weekend are the most the Aztecs have allowed in a Mountain West series this year by far. The previous high for runs allowed in a conference series by the Aztecs was 17 by San Jose State.
The three victories also gives the Pack a 12-11 edge in its all-time series (the series began in 1986) with San Diego State. The Pack is 7-2 against the Aztecs in Reno and has won 5-of-6 games against them at Peccole since joining the Mountain West last year.
The Wolf Pack will play at San Francisco in a non-league game on Tuesday before returning to Peccole Park for a three-game Mountain West series with Fresno State starting on Thursday. Fresno State lost three games to New Mexico this weekend to fall to 7-11 in conference play. The Bulldogs, though, swept the Wolf Pack in a three-game series in Fresno on Feb. 21-23 to open the Pack’s Mountain West season.