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Bats stay hot as Pack completes sweep of Aztecs

Tyler Bosetti (Nevada Athletics)

Capping an outstanding weekend at the plate, Tyler Bosetti slammed a three-run homer to highlight a five-run seventh inning which broke open Nevada's sweep-clinching, 15-7 win over San Diego State Saturday.

Bosetti batted .571 for the weekend, leading the Wolf Pack (15-16, 12-9 MW) with eight hits, nine runs scored, four home runs, and eight runs batted in. Saturday, he went deep twice, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs.

Catcher Marco Valenzuela got on the home run train, as well, hitting two long balls and driving in three runs Saturday. Valenzuela was the fifth different Nevada player to homer in the series, as the Wolf Pack combined for 12 home runs over the three-game sweep.

As in Friday's doubleheader, Nevada struck early and often to wear down the Aztecs. Back-to-back homers from Valenzuela and Bosetti put the Pack up 4-0 through two innings, and Valenzuela's second of the game, a two-run shot in the fourth, got Nevada out to a 7-2 advantage after four.

San Diego State (22-12, 14-10 MW) would chip away, however, scoring a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings, then taking advantage of some wildness from the Wolf Pack bullpen to plate two in the seventh to make it a one-run game at 7-6.

But Nevada wouldn't give the Aztecs a chance to get comfortable. Dillan Shrum's walk and Matt Clayton's single put two on to begin the Wolf Pack seventh, and, two batters later, an error by Aztec third baseman Cole Carrigg on a ball from Anthony Flores allowed Shrum to score.

Pete Mendazona followed with an RBI single to score Clayton, making it 9-6, then Bosetti dealt the death blow with a three-run bomb to left, putting the Pack up 12-6.

Shrum's two-run homer in the eighth sparked a three-run frame to complete the Wolf Pack's scoring.

Cam Walty picked up his second win of the season, going five innings, giving up three runs and striking out seven San Diego State batters. Tyler Cochran grabbed the rare three-inning save, his fourth of the season, by giving up just one run on three hits to close it out.

Jaden Fein went 3-for-5 with a solo home run to lead San Diego State at the plate. Ricky Tibbett fell to 3-2 after being touched for six runs, five earned, on eight hits over three and a third innings. Relievers Tre Brown and Christian Winston were also hit for three runs apiece over a combined four innings of work.

With its winning streak at a season-best five games, and with its first sweep of the season under its belt, Nevada remains home next weekend, hosting UNLV in a pivotal three-game series at Peccole Park. The series will begin with a doubleheader next Saturday, May 8, with the first game set for a 1 p.m. first pitch, and conclude with Sunday's 1 p.m. finale.

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