Sunday, May 5, 2013

Aztecs' rally spoiled by Nevada's walkoff homer

San Diego State staged a furious ninth-inning rally Sunday at Nevada to tie their Mountain West Conference game, only to watch the Wolf Pack win it 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth with a walkoff home run.

The loss prevented the Aztecs from moving ahead of UNLV in the conference standings. The teams are battling for second place, which brings with it a first-round bye in the double-elimination MWC Tournament. New Mexico already is assured of the No. 1 berth after clinching the regular season title on Sunday when the Lobos completed a three-game sweep of Air Force.

The Aztecs lost 7-1 to Nevada in Friday's opener before pulling out a 4-3 win in 10 innings on Saturday, setting up Sunday's series-deciding game.

Nevada starting pitcher Tom Jameson threw eight shutout innings before giving way to closer Michael Fain in the ninth. SDSU's Brad Haynal greeted Fain with a leadoff home run to left field to make it 3-1.  Ty France singled and Evan Potter followed two outs later with a walk and both runners scored on a double by Matt Munoz that made it 3-3. The excitement of the rally was short-lived. Nevada's Brad Gerig homered to left field on the first pitch from SDSU closer Bubba Derby.

The Aztecs travel to UC Riverside on Tuesday for the season's final nonconference game before resuming MWC play this weekend with a three-game series against Air Force at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

New Mexico (20-4, 30-17)
UNLV (13-11, 30-17)
San Diego State (13-11, 23-24)
Nevada (11-13, 24-23)
Fresno State (10-14, 16-29)
Air Force (5-19, 13-33)

May 10-12
Air Force at San Diego State
UNLV at Nevada
New Mexico at Fresno State
May 16-18
New Mexico at San Diego State
UNLV at Air Force
Nevada at Fresno State
May 22-26
MWC Tournament at Fresno State

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