Addison Reed making noise in the Windy City

Former SDSU pitcher Addison Reed has had success with the Chicago White Sox. (San Diego Hall of Champions)

Former SDSU pitcher Addison Reed has had success with the Chicago White Sox. (San Diego Hall of Champions)

While Stephen Strasburg continues to make national headlines, another San Diego State baseball product is steadily making his name known in the big leagues.

Addison Reed, who played for the Aztecs from 2007-2010 and is now a closer for the Chicago White Sox, is making sure people know that San Diego State has produced more than just Strasburg.

He appeared in 62 games in 2012, and posted 29 saves with a 3-2 record and 54 strikeouts. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Reed worked hard to improve his off-speed pitches in the offseason, and he has shown immense improvement this year.

As of April 26, Reed has tallied seven saves in 21 games this season, and is currently tied for fifth in the MLB. He is on pace for approximately 54 saves, nearly doubling his total in 2012. The young right-hander  has an ERA of 0.90, and has also recorded 10 strikeouts, which has him on pace for over 70 this season.

For this “Aztec for life”, saving games is a breeze in the Windy City.


Addison Reed: Chicago Tribune story
Addison Reed: GoAztecs.com Player Profile


Want to get your hands on an Addison Reed replica jersey shirt? The first 500 fans that attend tonight’s game vs. Fresno State at 6 p.m. will receive one for free!

Addison Reed shirt


by Hunter Hewitt

GO AZTECS

SDSU Women’s Lacrosse: Ahead of Schedule

Kylee White coaches

San Diego State head coach Kylee White talks to her team during a timeout. (Stan Lui)

When a Division 1 athletic team is first introduced, the first few years are typically rough.

Blowout losses, recruiting struggles, team chemistry issues – all of these are common.

The San Diego State women’s lacrosse team must have missed that memo.

Although their first year had its fair share of growing pains, head coach Kylee White and the Aztecs are off to an incredible start in just their second season of existence. With an 8-4 record and several marquee wins, these ladies are proving that they are not to be taken lightly.

Despite its youth – one senior, four juniors, 14 sophomores and 11 freshmen – San Diego State has exceeded the expectations of many.

The Aztecs were picked to finish seventh in the 2012 Mountain Pacific Spots Federation Preseason Poll. They tied for fifth place with a 5-10 record.

In this season’s MPSF Preseason Poll, the Aztecs were predicted to finish fifth, and they are on pace to place higher than predicted once again. They are currently tied for third place with a 3-1 record in conference play.

Oregon, who was predicted to finish second in the MPSF, learned first-hand that San Diego State is a team on the rise. The Aztecs traveled to Oregon on March 22 and defeated the Ducks on their home field, 12-10.

San Diego State also has its fair share of blowout victories this season, a clear indicator of the team’s rapid improvement. After winning just one game by double digits in 2012, the Aztecs have already tallied five lopsided wins this season.

In just their second game this season, they trampled Stetson University in Florida, 18-1. Think that’s impressive? They outdid themselves a few weeks later, demolishing Long Island University – Brooklyn by a score of 21-1. Four days later, they added a dominating 19-5 victory over Marquette to their resume.

Additionally, San Diego State has two convincing wins over conference rivals Saint Mary’s and Fresno State, knocking off both by double digits.

Offensively, the Aztecs have been led by their deadly trio of attackers – junior Meris Walsh (25 goals) and sophomores Bailey Ewing (34 goals) and Michaela Jarvis (21 goals, 31 assists). San Diego State has established itself as one of the top scoring offenses in the county this season, and it currently ranks fifth in all of Division 1 women’s lacrosse with an average of 14.83 goals per game.

The Aztecs’ top midfielders have been junior Christina Ricciardulli (15 goals, 16 ground balls, 27 draw controls) and freshman Felice Artuso (13 goals, 12 ground balls, 32 draw controls). Defenders Madison Wallace (19 ground balls), Jade Jones (16 ground balls), Lauren Paul (12 ground balls) and Catherine Shepardson (11 ground balls), all sophomores, have also played an integral role for the young team. Goalkeeper Sammy Slattery, San Diego State’s lone senior, has recorded 87 saves and ranks 23rd in the country in save percentage (.458).

In conclusion, I have one question for all you Aztec fans: Have you made it out to a game yet?

If the answer is no, don’t worry. It’s perfect timing.

San Diego State takes on California (7-4, 4-0 MPSF) in a crucial conference battle at the Aztec Lacrosse Field this Sunday, April 14, at 12 p.m PST. Admission is free.

Get out there and support the Lady Aztecs!

 

Aztecs in the NFL: 2013 Offseason Update

'Aztec For Life' DeMarco Sampson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. (Ernie Anderson)

‘Aztec For Life’ DeMarco Sampson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. (Ernie Anderson)

Aztec fans,

With a handful of NFL teams beginning their offseason workouts this week, many ‘Aztecs For Life’ are back to work and preparing for the 2013 season. Teams with new head coaches began workouts on Monday and Tuesday, while the rest of the teams begin their programs on April 15 or April 22.

Last season, 14 ‘Aztecs For Life’ were on NFL active rosters. 11 of those 14 remain with the same team, while three have become free agents. Additionally, four players who were free agents in 2012 were signed to an NFL roster in the offseason.

Aztecs in the NFL: 2012 
LB Russell Allen – Jacksonville Jaguars, April 2*
LB Antwan Applewhite – Carolina Panthers**
LS Aaron Brewer – Denver Broncos, April 15*
WR Vincent Brown – San Diego Chargers, April 1*
LB Miles Burris – Oakland Raiders, April 15*
OT/OG Brandyn Dombrowski – San Diego Chargers, April 1*
LB Heath Farwell – Seattle Seahawks, April 15*
RB Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos, April 15*
QB Ryan Lindley – Arizona Cardinals, April 2*
OG Lance Louis – Miami Dolphins***, April 15*
LB Kirk Morrison – Buffalo Bills**
WR Kassim Osgood – Detroit Lions, April 15*
OT Will Robinson – New Orleans Saints**
WR Chaz Schilens – New York Jets**

2013 Offseason Free Agent Signings
OL Tommie Draheim – Kansas City Chiefs, April 1*
DL Jerome Long – Jacksonville Jaguars, April 2*
WR DeMarco Sampson – Philadelphia Eagles, April 1*
WR Roberto Wallace – Tennessee Titans, April 22*

*Offseason workout start date
**Current Free Agent (Released or expired contract)
***Played with Chicago Bears in 2012, signed by Miami in 2013


Don’t forget to watch the NFL Draft beginning on April 25 to see which ‘Aztecs For Life’ will have the opportunity to join this list.

Aztecs in the NFL: Home
2013 NFL Combine Recap: Gavin Escobar
2013 NFL Combine Recap: Leon McFadden


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Hunter Hewitt: SDSU News Team Story: http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news.aspx?s=73846


by Hunter Hewitt

GO AZTECS