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Blueberg, Whitt nail down Pack victory over San Diego State

The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team has won three games in a row.
The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team has won three games in a row.
Nevada Media Services

The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team's Carson Connection came to the rescue again.

Carson High graduates Colby Blueberg and Adam Whitt shut out the San Diego State Aztecs over the final three innings Friday as the Wolf Pack earned a 4-3 Mountain West victory at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

The Wolf Pack, now 6-7 overall and in fourth place in the Mountain West at 3-4, has won three games in a row for the first time since last April 23-27. San Diego State is 9-4 and in third place in the conference at 2-2. The three-game series continues with games Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.).

Blueberg was brilliant in his two innings. The junior didn't allow a baserunner while striking out two. Whitt also didn't allow a runner to reach base and fanned one for his third save of the season.

Blueberg entered the game with runners on second and third in the seventh inning and the Pack clinging to a 4-2 lead. He allowed a sacrifice fly to Ty France as San Diego State shaved the Pack lead to 4-3 but then got Spencer Thornton to fly out to left for the second out and he fanned Andrew Brown on three pitches to end the threat.

France, who leads the Aztecs in hitting (.438) and RBI (15), was 0-for-2 with a walk and sacrifice fly.

Blueberg now has a team-best 0.71 earned run average this year and has allowed just four hits in 12.2 innings while striking out 13 in nine appearances.

The Wolf Pack also received a strong performance from starting pitcher Michael Fain. Fain, the Pack's closer last season as a freshman, allowed just a run on four hits in six innings. The 6-foot-6 righthander earned the victory and is now 2-1 this season in four starts.

Fain walked five and has now walked 14 in 21.1 innings this year.

The Pack jumped out to a 1-0 lead off Aztecs' starter Mike Robards in the first inning as Austin Byler doubled and Jordan Devencenzi singled. Byler also drove in Justin Bridgman in the third with a triple as the Pack took a 2-0 lead.

Byler went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. The first baseman is now hitting .275 this year with five extra base hits and 10 RBI. Bridgman also had two hits and is now 6-for-10 in the Pack's three-game winning streak to lift his average to a team-high .333. (11-for-33).

The Pack scored two more runs off Robards to take a 4-1 lead in the fourth. Bryce Barger walked and Bryce Greager drilled a two-run homer with one out. The walk and run scored was the first of the year for Barger. The home run and two RBI were also the first for Greager, who is now hitting .167 this year (2-for-12).

Robards allowed seven hits and four runs and suffered the loss to fall to 2-2 on the year. The junior lefthander from Oceanside, Calif., who also was a reliever last season, has a 4.94 ERA.

Jason Deitrich relieved Fain in the seventh and faced just three hitters, allowing three hits and two runs.

Aztec relievers Marcus Reyes and Justin Hepner combined to blank the Pack over the final five innings on just two hits.

The victory was the Wolf Pack's first at San Diego State in Mountain West play. The Pack lost all three of its games at Tony Gwynn Stadium last year but recovered to win two of three games at Peccole Park later in the season and has now won three of its last four against the Aztecs.