The University of Nevada baseball team defeated San Diego State 13-3 on Friday night at Don Weir Field at Peccole Park to capture the 2018 Mountain West regular season championship. The Wolf Pack has two of the last three MW regular season titles after claiming its first in 2015. The 2015 title was the first MW title in any sport.
SDSU scored a run in the top of the first inning but Nevada took advantage of four walks and a hit by pitch in the bottom of the first inning to score five runs on just two hits. While the Pack was putting runs on the scoreboard junior lefty Dalton Gomez was shutting down the Aztecs. Gomez pitched eight innings and struck out a career-high 10 batters throwing 130 pitches to earn his third win of the season.
Junior Kaleb Foster homered in the fourth inning and the Pack exploded for five runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to total 13 runs on 10 hits. Keaton Smith had a two-RBI double as part of the four-run fifth inning and an RBI single in the sixth.
Senior Cole Krzmarzick finished with a game-high three hits. Smith was 2-for-3 and drove a game-high four runs. Jordan Verndon led SDSU with two hits and two RBI.
Nevada (29-22, 20-9 MW) went on to win a slugfest 12-10 over the Aztecs (36-19, 18-12 MW) on Senior Day Saturday afternoon. The Wolf Pack won the Mountain West series 2-1 and improved to 18-4 at home and 13-2 in conference home games.
Nevada, earned the top seed in the MW Tournament and will play UNLV at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. The MW Tournament is being hosted by San Diego State, May 24-27.