San Diego State and Nevada are facing off in a semifinal elimination game in the Mountain West baseball tournament. The winner of this game gets the right to play top-seeded UNLV in the title game Saturday night, and possibly Sunday if the semifinal winner can defeat UNLV.
Nevada has been on a roll in this tournament having staved off elimination for three straight games after falling to Fresno State int heir opening game. Nevada won two games on Friday including an 11-inning win over No. 2 seeded New Mexico to make it to this point in the tournament. In the extra-innings win over New Mexico the Wolf Pack blew open the game in the 11th by scoring six runs to win 9-4.
Nevada had big games on Friday by freshman Trenton Brooks who had a two-run home run, four RBI and four hits, all of that came in the first game. Kyle Hunt also had a solo home run for the Wolf Pack. Hunt, Scott Kaplan and Jordan Devencenzi each had two hits.
San Diego State had UNLV on the ropes Friday night but the Rebels made a comeback to win the game. The Aztecs were up 4-1 with two outs left in the bottom of the eighth inning, but UNLV made a comeback to win 5-4.
San Diego State had closer Michael Cederoth in the game to finish up the game, but he allowed UNLV center fielder Edgar Montes hit a two-out, three-run homer to tie the game at 4-4. The Aztecs put a man in scoring position in the top of the ninth but nothing came of it. In the bottom half of the final inning San Diego State imploded. There was a hit batsman and a passed ball, and then a game-winning double to close out the game.
Now the Aztecs, as do the Wolf Pack, have to win three games to become Mountain West champions.
Nevada has been playing loose after their first round game were not expected to make it this far, and they likely will continue to play that way. San Diego State had the game in hand last night and after that devastating loss their is the legitimate question if the Aztecs will be ready for Saturday's game.
This semifinal game begins at 3 p.m. PT and can be watched live below: