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Wolf Pack season ends in extra innings

The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team finished with a 31-27 record this year under first-year coach Jay Johnson.
The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team finished with a 31-27 record this year under first-year coach Jay Johnson.
Nevada Media Services

The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team simply ran out of gas Saturday in Las Vegas.

Playing its fifth game in four days, the Wolf Pack was eliminated from the Mountain West baseball tournament with a 3-2 loss in 10 innings to the San Diego State Aztecs.

The Pack season ends with a 31-27 record while the Aztecs (40-19) advanced to the championship round late Saturday night against UNLV.

The Aztecs scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on one-out consecutive singles by Ty France, Brad Haynal and Seby Zavala. Zavala ended up with three hits and drove in all three San Diego State runs.

Evan McMahan (3-1) was the hard-luck loser for the Pack. The reliever pitched six innings in relief of starter Michael Bradshaw and allowed just four hits and one run and did not walk a hitter. Zavala's game-winning hit came off reliever Colby Blueberg, who had to pitch 4.2 innings the day before in a win over Fresno State.

The Wolf Pack, which beat San Jose State, Fresno State and New Mexico after a tournament-opening loss to Fresno State on Wednesday, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Austin Byler doubled with one out and scored on a two-out single by Bryce Barger off Aztecs' starter Marcus Reyes.

San Diego State, though, tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning with a little help from the Wolf Pack defense. Tim Zier reached first on an error by Bradshaw and then stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Pack catcher Jordan Devencenzi. Zavala brought home Zier with a two-out single.

The two errors were the Pack's ninth and 10th of the tournament. The 4-3 loss to Fresno State to open the tournament featured four Pack errors, leading to four unearned runs.

San Diego State took a 2-1 lead in the third as Haynal doubled and scored on a single by Zavala.

The Wolf Pack tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the eighth as Barger drove in his second run of the game with a single, scoring Byler.

The Pack, though, also wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead in the top of the ninth. Aztecs' reliever Michael Cederoth hit the Pack's Ryan Teel and Devencenzi with pitches and also allowed an infield single to Kyle Hunt to load the bases with one out. Cederoth, though, got out of the jam by getting Kewby Meyer to ground into an inning-ending double play. It was just the third double play that Meyer had grounded into this season.

The Wolf Pack, which had nine hits, also wasted a pair of two-out singles by Brad Gerig and Barger in the third.

Reyes went 7.2 innings for the Aztecs and allowed seven hits and two runs while throwing 120 pitches. Cederoth went 2.1 innings and earned the win (6-2). Reyes and Cederoth combined to throw 159 pitches.

The three Pack pitchers (Bradshaw, McMahan and Blueberg) combined to throw 121 pitches. Bradshaw lasted 3.1 innings for the Pack, allowing six hits and two runs (one earned).

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