Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Junior Pat MacKenzie went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored Sunday, but Central Michigan was unable to avoid a series sweep, falling to UNLV, 6-2.
Chippewas Can't Avoid Sweep, Fall to UNLV in Finale, 6-2

Las Vegas, Nev. - Sophomore Adam Aldred matched a career high with seven strikeouts in his first start of the season, but Central Michigan was unable to hold on to an early lead, allowing UNLV to secure a four-game series sweep at Wilson Stadium with the win, 6-2. 

Aldred was impressive in his first start of the season, matching his career high with seven strikeouts over 6.1 innings pitched, giving up four runs - three earned - on five hits. 

Unfortunately, Aldred's counterpart Bryan Bonnell pitched a complete game for the Rebels (4-0), striking out 11 and giving up just five hits. 

The Chippewas (0-4) were able to get to Bonnell in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs as junior Pat MacKenzie singled off the pitchers' leg and later came around to score the first run of the game on a UNLV error. 

Junior Tyler Huntey pushed the Chippewas' lead to 2-0 on a single through the right side, scoring classmate Nick Regnier from second. 

The Rebels got a run back in the bottom of the frame on an error by redshirt freshman Alex Borglin that allowed T.J. White to score. UNLV took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run single by White. 

CMU had a prime scoring chance in the top of the sixth when MacKenzie doubled down the right field line to lead off the inning, but he was thrown out at home on a suicide squeeze attempt by sophomore Zack Fields

Bonnell settled in after MacKenzie's double, retiring 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. Borglin singled in the top of the eighth and moved into scoring position on a MacKenzie ground out, but was unable to reach home. 

The Rebels tacked on run in the seventh when White was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to take a 4-2 lead. Joey Armstrong pushed across the Rebels' final two runs with a single through the left side in the eighth. 

MacKenzie finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Borglin, Huntey, and sophomore Logan Regnier each had a hit. 

CMU is back on the road next weekend for a four-game set Feb. 21-23 versus Troy.