San Diego State opens its 21st season of Mountain West baseball on Saturday when it plays host to Fresno State to begin a three-game series at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Aztecs and Bulldogs square off in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday, before closing out the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.
SDSU officials had said they would abide by public health guidelines and not permit fans to attend home games at the Stadium during the 2021 season. It’s unclear how the state’s Friday decision to allow stadiums and outdoor attractions to re-open as of April 1 will affect the Aztecs’ announcement.
San Diego State (5-2, 0-0 in MW) took three of four games last weekend from UC San Diego, splitting two at Gwynn Stadium before sweeping a doubleheader at Triton Ballpark in La Jolla.
As of Thursday, the Aztecs rank third nationally with a .352 team batting average and a scoring average of 11.1 runs per game.
Right-fielder Jaden Fein collected his second straight conference Player of the Week award after leading the team with a .526 batting average, 10 hits, 15 total bases and seven runs scored against the Tritons.
The sophomore ranks No. 1 in the country with 18 hits on the season. His 14 RBI’s tie him for ninth, along with teammate Brian Leonhardt.
Fein was named MW Co-Freshman of the Year in 2019 to go with Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball magazine.
Since COVID-19 forced the cancellation of most of the 2020 season, San Diego State will be playing a MW regular-season game for the first time since May 18, 2019.
Fresno State (2-2, 0-0 in MW) won two of three games at home in its season-opening series against CSU Bakersfield, before falling to San Francisco, 7-6, on Tuesday.
Saturday’s doubleheader will be streamed live via the Mountain West Network.