Brandon Bayardi hit an RBI double and solo home run to help the UNLV baseball team even its series with San Diego State with a 4-2 victory Saturday at San Diego.
The Rebels (17-6, 2-3 Mountain West) took a 2-1 lead in the seventh when Bayardi doubled home Justin Jones, then later scored on a sacrifice fly. UNLV extended the lead when T.J. White scored on an error in the top of the eighth.
After the Aztecs (11-12, 3-2) cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Bayardi gave UNLV an insurance run with a homer in the ninth.
Buddy Borden (3-1) gave up one run on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings for the Rebels.
The teams play the rubber match at 1 p.m. today.
■ SOFTBALL — Pauline Monreal hit a three-run home run to help UNLV (14-18) defeat No. 18-ranked Tulsa (25-6) 10-6 in the Rebel Classic at Eller Media Stadium.
Monreal also had an RBI single. Tayler Aleman went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs, and Tayler Van Acker was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs.
Amanda Oliveto (12-9) went the distance for UNLV.
The Rebels next play at Northern Colorado on Wednesday.
■ SWIMMING — The UNLV 400 freestyle relay finished 26th, and Carmen Robb was 28th in the 200 backstroke on the final day of the NCAA championships at Indianapolis.
In the team race, Georgia pulled away to dethrone two-time defending champion California.
■ TENNIS — Aleksandra Josifoska, Lucia Batta, Nives Pavlovic and Iren Kotseva earned singles victories to give the UNLV women (10-5) a 5-2 win against Southern Methodist (10-6) at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
The Rebels also won the doubles point.
UNLV next opens Mountain West play at San Diego State on April 5.
COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
■ BASEBALL — Thomas Pannone singled home the winning run in the top of the seventh to give CSN (25-8, 13-3) a 4-3 victory over Western Nevada College (23-13, 8-8) in the first game at Carson City. Pannone’s complete game with 10 strikeouts was wasted in a 3-2 loss in the second game.
■ SOFTBALL — Rhiana Balaun singled in the game’s only run in the sixth inning to give CSN (21-18, 14-14) a 1-0 victory over Snow College in the first game at Ephraim, Utah. Snow scored in the bottom of the seventh to win the nightcap 7-6.