SDSU will be No. 2 seed in next week's MW Tournament
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May 18, 2018 (Reno) - The San Diego State baseball team suffered a 13-3 defeat against Nevada on Friday night at Peccole Park. Nevada (28-22, 19-9 MW) clinched its second regular-season Mountain West Championship in the last four years with the win, while SDSU (36-18, 18-11 MW) will be the No. 2 seed in next week's Mountain West Baseball Tournament at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Granite Hills alum Jordan Verdon, who hit a pivotal game-tying grand slam last night, continued to swing the bat well, posting RBI doubles in the first and eighth innings to drive in two of SDSU's three runs. Matt Rudick also contributed an RBI base hit, scoring Dean Nevarez on a single in the fifth inning.
Nevada built its lead quickly, posting a five-run first inning and a four-run fifth inning to distance itself early.
Harrison Pyatt was dealt the loss after surrendering five Nevada runs in the first inning. Jorge Fernandez took over for Pyatt in the first and allowed five runs on six hits over 4.2 innings pitched.
Casey O'Sullivan shined in relief with not allowing a hit in his 1.1 inning performance. Jacob Flores also posted a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth out of the SDSU bullpen.
Verdon and David Hensley led the Aztec lineup, with both going 2-for-4.
- San Diego State is now 5-3 in its last eight games against Nevada.
- Jordan Verdon logged his 25th and 26th doubles of the season in the effort. Verdon's 26 doubles are tied for the most by an Aztec in a single season since Terry Jones and Chris Gwynn both hit a school-record 31 doubles during the 1984 season.
- SDSU has won each of its last two Mountain West Tournament championships as a No. 2 seed (2015 & 2017).
San Diego State will look to capture a series win over the Wolf Pack tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. RHP Justin Goossen-Brown is scheduled to make the start for the Aztecs.