At long last, the 2022 SDSU Aztecs baseball schedule has been released. This means more than just a new season of Aztec baseball. With the stadium open, this is a chance for parents to watch their kids in person, fans to cheer at the game, and for everyone to get the full baseball experience.
For the Aztecs last year, Covid-19 protocols forced weekly double-headers, a significantly reduced non-conference schedule, and the cancelation of all midweek games. The 2022 slate of games is a return to a regular routine for college baseball players, coaches, and fans.
The Aztecs will start the season with two big tournaments, the MLB4 and Tony Gwynn Legacy tournaments.
The MLB4 celebrates the start of college baseball and features four high-tier collegiate teams–Houston, TCU, California, and SDSU– that will head to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the event from Feb. 18-20.
After a quick Tuesday night game at UC Irvine on Feb. 22, the Aztecs will host the Tony Gwynn Legacy Tournament. Last season, this tournament was cut down to two head-to-head matchups; SDSU vs. UCSD and Cal State Fullerton vs. USD. This year SDSU will play each of the three other participants, although the Aztecs’ opponents have not been announced, and it will be held Feb. 25-27.
SDSU will welcome ASU on the first weekend in March in what should be a great matchup. ASU continues to be a powerhouse baseball program, most recently producing Spencer Torkelson, the 2020 1st overall pick. This will be a fast reunion for former Aztec associate head coach Sam Peraza. This offseason, he left SDSU to become the new pitching coach for ASU.
Once the ASU series concludes, conference play will start when the Aztecs take on the Rebels on March 11-13th. Last season UNLV dealt a massive blow to SDSU’s conference hopes when they swept the Aztecs late in the season.
The early team to keep an eye on is Nevada. They took home the conference championship last season and look to build on that success. Their squad is mainly carrying over from last season. Unlike the Aztecs, who had five players selected, only Owen Sharts represented Nevada in the MLB draft.
This season will also feature a few matchups against inner-city rivals USD and UCSD. While there won’t be any full series between the three teams, they will make for some interesting mid-week matchups. SDSU was on the winning end of both matchups, going a combined 5-2 against the two teams.
2022 will provide a lot more college baseball, and EVT is here to cover it. Stay tuned!
You can view the full schedule here.