Final Games Set in Mountain West Tournament
Most of the teams that came to the tournament are home now or are packing their bags. UNLV isn't one of them. They've remained unbeaten as they have had the advantage of being the host team. This is not to take anything away from this team as it has been a very good team all year so deserve to be where it is. Nevada surprises a bit as they beat a strong New Mexico team that now goes home and awaits a call. They should receive a bid. Nevada plays San Diego State in an elimination game today while the Rebels await the winner. I'm sure you know how it goes. Whichever team gets to play UNLV will be in a possible two-game set of games as the Rebels have no losses. If they win the first game, the second is not needed as either Nevada or San Diego State will have their second loss and are eliminated. Do I need to go any further? Didn't think so. Let's look at yesterday's games. There were heroes and unfortunates (no goats in college baseball) galore.
Nevada Eliminates New Mexico
In an exciting extra-inning game the Wolf Pack score six runs in the top of the eleventh inning and have to hold on to win 9-4. The top of the tenth inning was also a nail-biting affair as both teams score single runs to keep the game going. Nevada's Trenton Brooks was the big bat in this game. He went 2 for 6 with 4 RBIs and 2 of the RBIs were in the decisive eleventh inning. AND, he was the winning pitcher. He went 2 1/3 innings giving up only one run. The Lobos' Chase Harris went 3 for 6 with a home run. A notable stat was Andre Vigil's "left on base" number at eight. Boy, he had the opportunities if nothing else. The losing pitcher was Victor Sanchez who suffered his first loss of the season while enjoying a very good season with ten saves.
UNLV Puts San Diego State in Elimination Bracket
Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth, UNLV puts up three runs on the strength of Edgar Montes only hit of the game; a three-run home run to tie the game. T.J. White capped an outstanding day by knocking in the winning run with a double in the bottom of the ninth. White was 4 for 5. The unfortunate note in this game was Michael Cederoth's ineffectiveness. The top closer in the MWC was tagged with the home run in the eighth as well as the winning run in the ninth. A disappointing end to the game but he may have a chance to make amends today.