Aztecs suffer 5-1 loss on Sunday despite surrendering just one earned run
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April 28, 2019 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State baseball team fell victim to a pair of run-producing errors in a 5-1 loss at Earl E. Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Aztecs fall to 26-19 (11-9 Mountain West) on the year while UNLV captures a series win and improves its record to 25-20 (12-12 MW)
Aaron Eden and Adrian Mardueno combined to allow just one earned run, but two errors allowed four unearned runs to score. After Eden surrendered a leadoff home run to Bryson Stott in the top of the first, the freshman settled in nicely, finishing his outing with five strikeouts in 5.1 innings while scattering seven hits.
Mardueno allowed two hits over his 2.2 innings and did not allow an earned run while striking out three. Mardueno and Eden held the Rebels hitless over 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
SDSU tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third, using an Angelo Armenta sacrifice fly to left field to score Mike Jarvis.
The errors committed by the Aztecs in the fifth and seventh innings allowed two runs to score on each play and brought the score to its final 5-1.
Casey Schmitt reached base in all four of his plate appearances, registering a pair of base hits while drawing a walk and a hit by pitch.
The Aztecs struck out just once in the game, tying their season low. UNLV's Chase Maddux earned the win for the Rebels, allowing one run on five hits in his seven-inning start.
- SDSU's one run scored today is tied for its lowest total in Las Vegas since being shutout by the Rebels on March 28, 2003 (SDSU has been held to one run in Las Vegas just three times over its last 37 games).
- Casey Schmitt finished an impressive week at the plate, going 8-for-14 with two home runs, four RBIs, and three runs scored. Schmitt reached base in 11 of his 17 plate appearances for a .647 on-base percentage.
- Adrian Mardueno recorded his 17th appearance of the season without allowing an earned run (21 total appearances this season).
SDSU has no midweek games for the first time in the 2019 season this week. After the brief hiatus, the Aztecs host San Jose State (18-26, 12-9 MW), who presently stands a half-game ahead of the Aztecs for second place in the Mountain West standings.