San Diego State jumped out to a big lead at New Mexico Saturday and withstood a late Lobo rally for an 11-10 win in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Aztecs (30-16, 22-14 Mountain West), who were eliminated from conference title contention on Friday, finished second in the MW race behind Nevada.
San Diego State established a season high with four triples. That fell one shy of the program’s single-game record, which last happened against Point Loma Nazarene in 1987.
Individually, six of the Aztecs’ nine starters had multiple hits, including a game-high three by Jacob Cruce. Mike Jarvis, Matt Rudick, Wyatt Hendrie, Poncho Ruiz and Carson Matthews each had two hits.
Jarvis, a shortstop, tied his season high with four RBIs, and also extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
The Aztec senior accounted for four of SDSU’s seven runs in a two-inning surge that propelled his team to an 11-4 advantage.
In the 6th, Jarvis belted his fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot, before delivering a key two-run single with two outs in the seventh.
Cruce led off the 6th with a single. He scored on a triple by Ruiz, who crossed the plate on a Caden Miller double ahead of Jarvis’ homer, which chased Lobo starter Riley Egloff.
The Aztecs add three more runs in the 7th. With two outs and the bases loaded, Ruiz scored when Miller drew a walk, while Jarvis followed with what proved to be a pivotal two-run single.
New Mexico narrowed the gap in their half of the 7th, scoring five runs on five hits, one walk and an error. They scored another in the the 8th to make it 11-10, and put two men on in the 9th before Aztec reliever Avery Jones retired the Lobos on three fly balls.
In all, SDSU used four pitchers on the afternoon, with Ricky Tibbett (4-2) receiving credit for the win after allowing four runs on five hits and a walk.
Hendrie, a semifinalist for the National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, went 2-for-4 with an RBI and one run. He ended the regular season with a 12-game hitting streak, raising his batting average from .331 to .379.
Rudick, a center fielder, reached base safely in all 43 games in which he made a plate appearance. He finished the season as the Aztecs’ leader in batting average, .410, runs scored, 61, on-base percentage, .484, and stolen bases, 17.