Aztecs Take Opener, 12-6

April 5, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( – The UNLV baseball team dropped its fourth straight series-opening game this year, falling 12-6 to visiting San Diego State University here tonight at Wilson Stadium.

The Aztecs jumped out to a 2-0 lead on RBI base hits from John Spirk in the second and Spencer Thornton in the third before the Rebels answered.

UNLV cut the lead to 2-1 on T.J. White’s RBI single in the fourth that scored Trent Cook. Brandon Bayardi was hit by a pitch in the fifth and scored from third two batters later on a Michael Cederoth wild pitch.

Ryan Muno led the SDSU sixth off with a solo homer to right center, breaking the 2-2 tie. After Spirk singled to right, UNLV turned to the pen, bringing in Joe Robinson. Robinson, the Rebels’ usual Friday night starter, surrendered four consecutive hits, allowing San Diego State to plate three more runs and push the lead to 6-2.

UNLV again knotted the game in the bottom of the sixth. RBI singles from Trevor Kirk and Cook pulled the Rebels to within two at 6-4 before Danny Higa’s two-run single tied it up.

The Aztecs again broke the tie in the seventh, scoring two on a Greg Allen double to left. SDSU would tack on three more in the eighth and one in the ninth to extend its lead to 12-6.

Ethan Miller retired eight straight after coming out of the pen for SDSU in the sixth, earning his second win of the year.

The two teams will be back in action tomorrow night for game two of the series. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. at Wilson Stadium.