No. 3 Nevada Avoids Elimination with Win Over No. 6 San Diego State
Courtesy of Chelsey Chamberlain, UNM Athletics
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The third-seeded Nevada baseball team (35-22) avoided elimination with a 5-3 win over the No. 6 seed San Diego State (21-38) on Friday afternoon at Santa Ana Star Field, on the campus of the University of New Mexico.
Nevada will advance to today’s second elimination game of the 2016 Mountain West Championship to face No. 1 seed Fresno State at 3 p.m. MT.
Nevada’s day was surged by a solid performance from junior left-hander Trenton Brooks on the mound. He retired his first 13 batters before allowing his first hit and faced the minimum 17 batters in the first five and two-thirds innings. With the win, Brooks improves to 6-5 on the season. He allowed two runs off four hits while striking out four in seven and two-thirds of work.
“Trent did a nice job and attacked the zone,” said head Nevada coach T.J. Bruce. “Our defense played well, so it was a combination of the two that helped us today. But this game is over, so it is all about the next game.”
“I was just trying to throw strikes and give our team a chance to win,” said Brooks. “It’s hard to do both (hit and pitch) but it’s fun and I have a good time doing it.”
Brooks helped his own cause as he doubled to right center in the first inning to plate two runs and take a 2-0 lead. The bats were quiet until the fourth as the Wolf Pack added another run. They extended their lead in the sixth and seventh with a run in each inning.
Eight Nevada players had at least one hit each. Sophomore TJ Friedl led the charge with a 3-for-4 effort and a run scored. Brooks and sophomore Jordan Pearce each had two RBIs.
San Diego State didn’t go down without a fight, as they scored two in the eighth on sophomore Justin Wylie’s two-RBIs double to left center. In the ninth, the Aztecs capitalized on a Nevada error to score their final run. For the Aztecs, sophomore Alan Trejo led the way with a 2-for-4 effort and a run scored.
Aztec junior right-hander Mike Diamond was charged with the loss, dropping to 1-3 on the year. He allowed three runs off seven hits while walking two in four innings of work.
Live streaming of the 2016 MW Baseball Championship is available through the Mountain West Network (MWN) on TheMW.com and CampusInsiders.com. All live broadcasts are free of charge. Paul Loeffler, Robert Portnoy, Don Marchand and Chris Ello will call the games from Santa Ana Star Field. David Lombardi returns to the MWN broadcast team to provide color analysis and in-game features for a fourth consecutive season.
In addition, fans can watch live video on their mobile devices for free with the MW mobile app. Links to live stats, game highlights, recaps and box scores will also be available on the Mountain West Championship Central page on TheMW.com. The Mountain West application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from Google Play for Android phones and tablets. Broadcasts are also available on the Campus Insiders app and Verizon customers can watch on the go90 app.
Fans also can follow the Championship through the league’s social media channels on Twitter (@MW_OlySports), Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com/add/mountainwest), YouTube (MountainWestConf), Facebook (MountainWestConference), and Instagram (MountainWestConference) for updates on each game. Followers are encouraged to use the hashtag #MWBSB16 when posting throughout the championship.