May 11, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV baseball (30-20/17-10 Mountain West) dropped its final regular-season road game 3-2 to San Diego State (35-17/15-12 MW) on Sunday at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Aztecs opened the scoring by plating two runs, one of which was earned, in the second inning.
UNLV cut the lead in half in the fourth when T.J. White led off the inning with a hit to center field. It was scored a single and he advanced on an error because the SDSU center fielder misplayed the ball, allowing White to advance to third. He scored when the next batter, Patrick Armstrong, grounded out to the second baseman.
The Rebels tied the game in the sixth inning when Pat Armstrong scored on a wild pitch. Armstrong and Morgan Stotts hit back-to-back, two-out, singles to reach base. Erik VanMeetren kept the inning alive by reaching on an Aztec error and Armstrong then scored on a wild pitch by the Aztec’s Mike RoBards.
San Diego State responded by plating a run of their own in the home half of the sixth to recapture the lead.
UNLV went down in order in the seventh inning and SDSU’s Michael Cederoth entered the game in the eighth inning. The Aztecs’ closer shut the door on a Rebel rally en route to his 19th save of the season.
Pat Armstrong (2-for-3) and Stotts (2-for-4) led UNLV from the plate, as they both finished with multiple hits in the game.
Kenny Oakley (3-6) took the loss after pitching 7.0 strong innings. He allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits. He also recorded five strikeouts while walking only two. Brayden Torres pitched 1.0 inning of relief and allowed one hit while striking one out.
The Rebels return home on Tuesday to host Arizona State at 6:05 p.m. Fans can listen to the contest on 920 The Game or can watch on UNLVRebels.com, thanks to the Mountain West Network.
Tuesday will also mark the last “Two Dollar Tuesday” of the year. Fans can purchase tickets in advance online for $2 and can enjoy a beer at the same price in the ball park.