No. 6 San Diego State Stays Alive with 18-8 Win Over No. 4 UNLV

 

Courtesy of Chelsey Chamberlain, UNM Athletics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The sixth-seeded San Diego State baseball team (21-37) picked up an 18-8 victory over the fourth-seeded UNLV Rebels (24-32) to stay alive Thursday afternoon from Santa Ana Star Field, on the campus of the University of New Mexico. The victory for SDSU is the 14th consecutive elimination game they have won in the history of the Mountain West Tournament.

San Diego State advances to Friday for an 11 a.m. MT game. The Aztecs will face the lowest remaining seed of Thursday’s winner’s bracket games.

The game was close through the first four innings. The Aztecs opened up the game with three runs off five hits, including an RBI double from Adkison to open up the scoring. However, UNLV responded with two of their own in the bottom half of the first.

SDSU went up 5-3 in the third but UNLV’s senior right-hander Kenny Oakley kept the Aztecs scoreless in the fourth to allow the Rebel offense to tie the game up. The Rebels used back-to-back singles and an Aztec error to put two runs across, tying the game up at 5-5.

The Aztecs took the lead for good in the fifth after a solo home run by senior Spencer Thornton. Their offense was consistent the rest of the way as they went off for 11 runs off 11 hits in the next four innings which created a 16-5 cushion and a possible run-rule for the Rebels in the eighth.

“Today’s game was just more relaxed,” said head SDSU coach Mark Martinez. “We have been here before and our guys must like their backs against the wall. We came out and loosened up and swung the bats well.”

UNLV answered with three runs to avoid the run-rule but it wasn’t enough to outlast the Aztecs, as they tacked on two more runs in the ninth.

Offensively, SDSU’s freshman Jordan Verdon led the charge, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs that included a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

Left-hander Jacob Erickson claimed the win for the Aztecs after allowing no runs off just three hits in three innings of relief. Oakley took the loss for the Rebels, falling to 4-9 on the season. He allowed six runs off eight hits in five 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.

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