The Nevada Wolf Pack forgot its bats Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Wolf Pack suffered its first shutout in 45 games, falling to the San Diego State Aztecs 3-0 in front of 625 fans. It is the first time the Pack has been held without a run since a 2-0 loss at San Diego State last April 5.
The victory earned San Diego State the Mountain West series victory (2-1) after the Pack won the series opener on Friday, 4-3. San Diego State, which beat the Pack 10-4 on Saturday to even the series, is now 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the Mountain West. The Pack fell to 6-9, 3-6.
The Wolf Pack got just three singles (by Kewby Meyer, Jordan Devencenzi and Justin Bridgman) off Aztec pitchers Mark Seyler and Michael Cederoth. Seyler went eight innings and allowed three hits and three walks to earn the victory and is now 3-1 this season. Cederoth earned his sixth save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.
It was Cederoth who was the starting pitcher for San Diego State last April 5, the last time the Pack was shut out. Cederoth went eight innings that day and struck out 14 before giving way to closer Bubba Derby. Derby was the starter who earned the victory on Saturday for the Aztecs.
The Pack did come close to scoring a couple times off Seyler and Cederoth.
Jordan Dunatov walked but Jay Anderson grounded into a double play in the third. Meyer singled and Austin Byler walked with one out in the fourth but Meyer was later caught trying to steal third. Devencenzi walked but Dunatov rolled into a double play in the fifth. In the ninth Scott Kaplan and Meyer walked with one out. Cederoth, though, got Byler and Trenton Brooks to fly out to end the game.
Brooks started for the Pack and lasted just four hitters and got one out. He hit Greg Allen with a pitch to lead off the inning and then walked Tim Zier and allowed run-scoring singles to Ty France and Seby Zavala as the Aztecs took a quick 2-0 lead.
The only other run the Pack allowed was on a home run by France (his third of the season) in the seventh inning.
Jason Deitrich relieved Brooks and did his best to keep the Pack in the game. Deitrich, a 6-foot-6 junior, went 6.2 innings and allowed just three hits and one run on France's solo home run.
The Wolf Pack will return to Peccole Park on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. non-conference game against Pacific.