No. 3 Nevada Defeats No. 6 San Diego State, 13-5

 

Courtesy of Gene Canal, UNM Athletics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The third-seeded Nevada Wolf Pack (34-22) picked up a victory in their 2016 Mountain West Championship First Round game against the San Diego State Aztecs (20-37) on Wednesday from Santa Ana Star Field, on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

Nevada’s win puts them in the second-round game Thursday evening at 7 p.m. MT against host New Mexico. San Diego State will play in an elimination game against UNLV Thursday at 11 a.m. MT. The victory also moves No. 5 Air Force into the 3 p.m. MT game against No. 1 seed Fresno State.

San Diego State jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the top of the first. However, Nevada took control of the game with 11 runs over the first four innings, including six in the bottom of the first. The Wolf Pack capped it off with a run in the seventh and eighth innings.

The Wolf Pack were led by Jordan Pearce and Justin Hazard, who each finished a team-best 3-for-4. Hazard recorded a team-best four RBIs and one run scored, while Pearce scored a team-high three runs with three RBIs. Trenton Brooks also had a strong night, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBs and two runs scored.

After their three-run first inning, the Aztecs scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings. They were led by Tyler Adkison, who went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. David Hensley and Denz’l Chapman also finished 2-for-4.

Christian Stolo (4-7) earned the victory in an eight-inning performance. He allowed five runs and 10 hits, while striking out four batters without a walk. Cody Thompson (4-7) started for San Diego State and earned the loss.

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.