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ECM PADRES REPORT: ERROR COSTS PADRES GAME ONE AGAINST BUCS

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Eric Hosmer drove in an RBI in the Padres' loss to the Pirates.  Via @Padres on Twitter

May 17, 2018 (Pittsburgh) - The Padres are finally getting some variety in their schedule with an East coast road trip to face the Pirates.  Eric Lauer started on the mound against Chad Kuhl for Pittsburgh.

SDSU MEN'S GOLF ENDS SEASON WITH 10TH PLACE FINISH AT NCAA NORMAN REGIONAL

 

Aztec senior Blake Abercrombie ties for seventh individually

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Photo:  Blake Abercrombie tied for seventh at the NCAA Norman Regional after posting a final-round 69 on Wednesday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 16, 2018 (Norman, Okla.) - The San Diego State men’s golf team saw its 2017-18 campaign end on a sour note Wednesday with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Norman Regional at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. Despite shooting a combined 2-over 290 for the third straight day, the Aztecs were unable to gain ground on the contenders, completing the tournament with a 54-hole total of 6-over 870 on the par-72, 7,452-yard track.

SDSU MEN'S GOLF IN NINTH AT NCAA NORMAN REGIONAL

 

Aztec senior Blake Abercrombie tied for10th individually

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Photo:  Steve Sugimoto carded the Aztecs' low round on Tuesday with a 71 at the NCAA Norman Regional.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 15, 2018 (Norman, Okla.) - The San Diego State men’s golf team slipped four places into the ninth position at the NCAA Norman Regional after posting a combined 2-over-par 290 on Tuesday during the second round at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

PLAYOFF HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: CENTURIONS ELIMINATE NORSEMEN SOUNDLY IN CIF DIV. II OPENING ROUND

 

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May 15, 2018 (El Cajon) - CIF playoffs for softball have started and today, ECM Sports traveled to Valhalla High for a Division II matchup between the Norsemen (women, for our politically correct readers…) and the Centurions of University City.  The Norsemen were undefeated in the Grossmont League with an 8-0 record.  The Centurions struggled a bit this season, finishing 3-5 in the City - Western League, but still made it to the playoffs thanks to their 14-12 overall record.  Junior Delaney Stettler started on the hill for the Norsemen against senior Natalie Minteer for University City.

SDSU MEN'S GOLF IN FIFTH AFTER ROUND ONE AT NCAA NORMAN REGIONAL

 

Aztec senior Blake Abercrombie (left) tied for fourth individually

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May 14, 2018 (Norman, Okla.) - The San Diego State men’s golf team remains in fifth place at the NCAA Norman Regional after posting a combined 2-over-par 290 on Monday during the opening round at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

SDSU BASEBALL: AZTECS SPLIT SERIES WITH SPARTANS AFTER EXTRA INNINGS LOSS

 

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May 13, 2018 (San Diego) - Aztecs baseball picked the perfect day to have Senior Day on:  Mother’s Day and it turned out to be their last home game of the season as well.  The Aztecs looked to take the series against San Jose State with junior Tevin Cadola on the mound for the Spartans against senior Jorge Fernandez for the Aztecs.  Fun fact:  all of the Aztec baseball seniors are either criminal justice or social science majors.  No in-betweens with them, is there?

SDSU BASEBALL SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE

 

Justin Goossen-Brown pitched SDSU's first complete game of the season in the opener

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May 12, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team swept San Jose State in a Saturday doubleheader at Tony Gwynn Stadium, using a complete game by Justin Goossen-Brown in a 2-1 victory in game 1 before the bats broke things open in the nightcap in a 16-4 win.

SDSU TRACK AND FIELD: AZTECS SPRINT PAST COMPETITION TO MW CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

SDSU wins 4th Outdoor Title in past six years

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May 12, 2018 (Clovis) - The San Diego State Track & Field team captured the Mountain West Outdoor Championship Saturday evening. The Aztecs, who entered the day in 11th place, dominated every sprinting event to rally and win their fourth championship in the last six years.

ZARIA MESHACK'S WALK-OFF SINGLE LIFTS SDSU SOFTBALL PAST UTAH STATE 4-3 ON SENIOR DAY

 

Aztecs score two in the seventh to finish sweep of the Aggies

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May 12, 2018 (San Diego) - Senior Zaria Meshack hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give San Diego State the series sweep over Utah State Saturday afternoon at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs finished their season with a 20-31 overall record, including an 11-13 mark in Mountain West play.

AZTEC ROWING COMPETES AT AAC CHAMPIONSHIP

 

SDSU finishes sixth in conference, earns two spots on All-AAC team

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May 12, 2018 (Pennsauken, N.J.) - The San Diego State women’s rowing team raced in its final regatta of the season Saturday morning at the American Athletic Conference Championships, where the team competed in five races at Cooper River Park to finish sixth in the conference.

SDSU TRACK AND FIELD: SPRINTERS SET AZTECS UP FOR STRONG FINISH AT MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

13 Aztecs qualify for Saturday's finals in 100, 200 & 400 meter dash

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May 11, 2018 (Clovis) - The San Diego State Track & Field team wrapped up the third day of the Mountain West Outdoor Championships Friday evening at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif. On a warm and windy afternoon, the Aztecs dominated the prelims of the sprints and will send a combined 13 athletes to the finals in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes Saturday.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCES 2018 SCHEDULE

 

Aztecs to face five NCAA Tournament teams this fall

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Photo:  The SDSU volleyball team opens the 2018 campaign by hosting the Aztec Invitational August 24-25.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 11, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State volleyball head coach Deitre Collins-Parker has revealed the team’s schedule for the upcoming 2018 campaign, with the Aztecs slated to play five NCAA Tournament participants from a year ago.  In addition, SDSU will compete in four tournaments this fall, including two it will host prior to start of the Mountain West schedule of matches.   

AZTECS SOFTBALL CLINCHES SERIES WITH 6-1 WIN VS. UTAH STATE

 

Shelby Thompson (left) homers, drives in three in SDSU win

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May 11, 2018 (San Diego) - Shelby Thompson homered and drove in three runs, and Julie McDonald pitched a four-hit complete game in a 6-1 San Diego State victory over Utah State Friday night at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs (19-31, 10-13 MW) clinched the series with the win.

SDSU BASEBALL: AZTECS' RALLY FALLS SHORT IN SERIES OPENER WITH SPARTANS

 

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May 11, 2018 (San Diego) - SDSU baseball has been tearing through the Mountain West and they entered tonight, their last home series of the regular season, with a strong 33-15 (15-8 MW) record.  This weekend, they faced the third place San Jose State Spartans, who sit at 21-25 (11-12 MW).  Senior Jake Swiech started on the mound for the Spartans against junior Harrison Pyatt for the Aztecs.

SDSU SOFTBALL: MORENO PITCHES COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT AS AZTECS BLANK AGGIES 2-0

 

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May 10, 2018 (San Diego) - SDSU softball is struggling along into their last home series of the season against Utah State.  Freshman Delaney Hull started for the Aggies against sophomore Marissa Moreno for the Aztecs.

ASIA SMITH EARNS FIFTH PLACE HEPTATHLON FINISH AT MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Smith records PR in the high jump, long jump and 800m

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May 10, 2018 (Clovis) - Asia Smith wrapped up the second day of the heptathlon Thursday evening, earning a fifth place finish at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif. Smith finished with a personal best 5,100 points and earned four crucial points for the Aztecs, who are seeking their fourth MW Outdoor Championship in the past six years.

“PADRE FOR LIFE” MATT LACHAPPA FEATURED ON ESPN E:60

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 10, 2018 (Lakeside) – A quarter of a century ago, Matt LaChappa was drafted by the San Diego Padres out of El Capitan High School in Lakeside, the pride of the Barona tribe on the Native American reservation where he grew up. But three years later, tragedy struck on April 6, 1996 while the talented left-hander was warming up in the bullpen on opening day of the season with the Padres’ minor league team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

He collapsed after suffering a heart attack, then had a second heart attack during an ambulance ride to the hospital.  In a coma for months, he suffered irreversible brain damage. Yet to this day, he remains on contract with the Padres, who promised to take care of their injured player for life.

LaChappa’s inspiring story was highlighted last Sunday on ESPN’s E:60 program in an episode titled “The Contract.” (View trailer.) The show will be replayed throughout the month.

SDSU TRACK & FIELD: ASIA SMITH IN SECOND PLACE MIDWAY THROUGH HEPTATHLON AT MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

The freshman tied for first in the high jump

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May 9, 2018 (Clovis) - Asia Smith finished the first day of the 2018 Mountain West Outdoor Championships in second place (out of 12) after completing four of the heptathlon’s seven events Wednesday evening at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF TIES FOR SEVENTH AT NCAA SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL

 

Aztecs fall one stroke shy of sixth-place cutoff mark for national championships

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Photo:  Mila Chaves finished a solo 12th at the San Francisco Regional on Wednesday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 9, 2018 (San Francisco) - Despite recording its highest placement ever in a regional tournament, the San Diego State women’s golf team fell just short in its bid for the first NCAA Championship appearance in program history after tying for seventh at the San Francisco Regional on Wednesday at TPC Harding Park Golf Course.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF COMPLETES ROUND TWO AT NCAA SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL

 

Senior Mila Chaves tied for fourth individually; Aztecs just three shots behind cutoff line in 11th place

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Photo:  Mila Chaves is tied for fourth after 36 holes at the San Francisco Regional.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 8, 2018 (San Francisco) - San Diego State’s Mila Chaves (Asunción, Paraguay) fired a 2-under-par 70 on Tuesday to lead the Aztec women’s golf team during the second round of the NCAA San Francisco Regional at TPC Harding Park Golf Course. With her score, the SDSU senior carded the squad’s lone red figure of the day, jumping into a seven-way tie for fourth place individually at 3-under 141 heading into Wednesday’s final round on the par-72, 6,369-yard track.

JORDAN VERDON TABBED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Verdon joins Chad Bible as only MW players to have won MW Player of the Week twice in 2018

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May 8, 2018 (San Diego) - A day after earning Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, junior first baseman Jordan Verdon was named Mountain West Player of the Week after hitting three home runs and driving in 10 runs over four games last week. Verdon joins SDSU junior designated hitter Chad Bible as the only players in the Mountain West to have won Player of the Week twice this season.

CHICK-FIL-A IN LA MESA, SANTEE PARTNER WITH SAN DIEGO PADRES ON DOUBLE PLAY PROMOTION; FREE CHICKEN SANDWICH WHEN THE TEAM COMPLETES A DOUBLE PLAY

 

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May 8, 2018 (San Diego's East County) – The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the two East County restaurants at 9418 Mission Gorge Road in Santee and 8200 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa, are partnering with the San Diego Padres for a “Chick-fil-A Double-Play” promotion during the 2018 season at Petco Park.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF TIED FOR SEVENTH AFTER ROUND ONE AT SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL

 

Aztec seniors Mila Chaves, Haleigh Krause tied for 10th individually

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Photo:  Haleigh Krause (left) and Mila Chaves each carded a 71 on Monday to lead the Aztecs during the first round of the San Francisco Regional.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 7, 2018 (San Francisco) - The San Diego State women’s golf team finds itself in a tie for seventh place at the NCAA San Francisco Regional after shooting a collective 1-over-par 289 during the opening round on Monday at the TPC Harding Park Golf Course.

SOFTBALL STUNNER IN SANTEE: THREE-RUN BOMB LIFTS CHIEFTAINS OVER SULTANS

 

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Cover photo:  Santana freshman Joey Barkhimer's solo homer in the sixth put the Sultans up by two until the Chieftains erased their lead in the very next inning.

May 7, 2018 (Santee) - In our first-ever trip to Santana High, ECM Sports got some softball action under our belt as the lady Sultans hosted the Clairemont Chieftains for a non-conference faceoff.  The Sultans rock an impressive 18-8 record on the season.  Junior Madison Mendez started on the hill for the Sultans against Jennee Brodeur for the Chieftains.

JORDAN VERDON COLLECTS SECOND COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD

 

Junior first baseman and Granite Hills alum hit three home runs and drove in 10 runs over four games last week

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May 7, 2018 (San Diego) - Junior first baseman Jordan Verdon won his second Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week Award of the season on Monday after hitting three home runs and driving in 10 runs over four games last week. Verdon is one of nine players in the country to have won multiple National Player of the Week Awards this season.

SDSU BASEBALL TAKES SERIES WITH 7-3 WIN AT NEW MEXICO

 

SDSU wins first road series at New Mexico since 2004

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May 6, 2018 (Albuquerque) - The San Diego State baseball team defeated New Mexico, 7-3, in its series finale at Santa Ana Star Field on Sunday afternoon to capture a series win over the Lobos. SDSU improves to 33-15 (15-8 Mountain West), while UNM drops to 16-30-1 (9-18 MW).

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES COAST BY DODGERS TO TAKE MEXICO SERIES

 

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Photo:  Eric Hosmer's two-run homer led the Padres to a 3-0 win.  Via @Padres on Twitter

May 6, 2018 (Monterrey, Mexico) - On their last day in Mexico, the Padres tried to take the series against the Dodgers. Ross Stripling started for LA against Eric Lauer.

SDSU SOFTBALL FALLS AT NEW MEXICO 4-1 IN SERIES FINALE

 

Aztecs outhit Lobos in loss  

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Photo:  Kelsey Munoz was 3-for-3 in the Aztecs' 4-1 loss at New Mexico.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 6, 2018 (Alberquerque) - San Diego State outhit New Mexico, 8-4, but left 11 runners on base for a third straight game in a 4-1 loss at Lobo Softball Field Sunday afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M. The Aztecs dropped to 17-31 overall and 8-13 in MW play, while the Lobos improved to 14-36 and 7-14 with the series win.

AZTEC SOFTBALL DOWNS NEW MEXICO 7-3

 

SDSU evens series with UNM behind a season-high 15 hits  

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Photo:  Shelby Thompson homered and reached base safely four times in SDSU's 7-3 win at New Mexico.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 5, 2018 (Alberquerque) - Backed by a season-high 15 hits and a complete game from starting pitcher Julie McDonald, San Diego State evened its series with New Mexico in a 7-3 victory Saturday afternoon at Lobo Softball Field in Albuquerque, N.M.

SDSU BASEBALL'S WINNING STREAK SNAPPED AFTER 4-3 LOSS AT NEW MEXICO

 

Granite Hills' Jordan Verdon homered for third consecutive game

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May 5, 2018 (Alberquerque) - Despite starting its afternoon off with a three-run home run by Jordan Verdon in the top of the first inning, the San Diego State baseball team saw its season-best seven-game winning streak come to a close after a 4-3 setback against New Mexico at Santa Ana Star Field on Saturday afternoon. SDSU (32-15 overall) remains in second place in the Mountain West standings with a 14-8 league record, while UNM jumps to 16-29-1 overall and 9-17 in the Mountain West.

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