The Nevada baseball team was shutout for just the second time this season, suffering a 3-0 loss to second-seeded New Mexico on Thursday night at the Mountain West Championship. The Wolf Pack (34-23) was held to three hits while UNM’s Colton Thomson tossed a complete game at Santa Ana Star Field.
Nevada will now take its title fight to the bottom half of the bracket. The Wolf Pack will play No. 6 San Diego State on Friday at 10 a.m. PT in an elimination game. The winner of that game will go on to play at 2 p.m. against top-seeded Fresno State, who was upset by No. 5 Air Force today. Nevada will look for two elimination game victories to stay alive in the tournament.
After scoring 13 runs on 17 hits in a tournament-opening victory Wednesday, the Wolf Pack’s offense was stifled by the host Lobos tonight. The Pack was shutout for the second time this season while its three hits also matched a season-low.
After surrendering three early runs, junior starter Trevor Charpie battled back with four straight scoreless innings. The right-handed hurler struck out seven batters, allowing three runs on five hits in 6.0 innings of work. Junior Miles Mastrobuoni led Nevada’s offense with two hits and a walk.
The Lobos drew four walks in the first two innings and took an early 3-0 advantage. Chris DeVito hit an RBI single through the right side for the first run of the game in the first inning. Luis Gonzalez followed with a two-RBI single up the middle to put the Lobos ahead, 3-0, after two frames.
Charpie then settled down and found the strike zone with five strikeouts in the next two innings. Charpie, senior RHP Sam Held, junior LHP Anthony Martine and junior RHP Ty Pennington combined to keep UNM scoreless in the next six innings, but Nevada’s offense couldn’t mount a comeback.
The Wolf Pack and Aztecs will be meeting for the second time this tournament as Nevada downed SDSU, 13-5, on Thursday. Friday’s game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network, powered by Campus Insiders. Nevada will be looking to win two MW tournament elimination games in the same day for the second time in program history, having previously done so in 2014.