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Slumping Wolf Pack swept by Rebels

The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team will limp into the Mountain West tournament next week.

The Wolf Pack was beaten by the UNLV Rebels 4-2 on Saturday in its regular season finale, losing all three games to their in-state rival this weekend. This is the first time the Rebels have swept a three-game series against the Wolf Pack in Las Vegas since early in the 1998 season.

The Pack has now lost six games in a row to the Rebels. UNLV also beat the Pack in three games at Peccole Park late last year.

The Pack finishes the regular season at 28-25 overall and 15-15 and in fourth place in the Mountain West. UNLV finishes 33-21 and 20-10 and tied for first in the Mountain West with New Mexico (37-18, 20-10).

The Rebels will host the league tournament starting on Wednesday.

The Wolf Pack lost seven of its final nine Mountain West games to Air Force, New Mexico and UNLV. The Pack also lost 11 of its last 20 games overall.

The Wolf Pack, which lost 8-1 on Thursday and 17-9 on Friday to UNLV, had just six hits on Saturday. Austin Byler had two hits and drove in a run. The Pack's two runs came in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Jay Anderson and Byler's single.

Jason Deitrich started for the Pack and pitched well, allowing seven hits and four runs in six innings. Deitrich fell to 2-2 on the season.

Matt McCallister and Morgan Stotts drove in runs with singles as UNLV took a 4-0 lead in the third inning. The Rebels also scored a run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by T.J. White and a throwing error by Pack catcher Ryan Teel.

Brayden Torres got the final two outs in the top of the ninth for his seventh save of the year. Kenny Oakley went eight innings for UNLV to earn the victory (4-6) and didn't allow a run on just three hits.

The Pack had the bases loaded in the sixth inning with just one out but failed to score as Teel flied out to left and Anderson grounded out to second.

The Wolf Pack had 15 hits in Friday's 17-9 loss, including Byler's 14th home run of the year. Bryce Barger, Scott Kaplan and Kewby Meyer all had three hits for the Pack. UNLV, though, scored eight runs in the first inning off Pack starter Barry Timko.

Brad Gerig had three hits in the Pack's 8-1 series-opening loss to the Rebels on Thursday.

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