The Cal State Northridge baseball team started fast but lacked a finishing kick Sunday in a 10-4 nonconference loss to host Nevada Las Vegas.
The Matadors jumped to a three-run lead after 1 1/2 innings but UNLV scored seven runs in its next three at-bats to clinch the victory at Barnson Field.
UNLV (2-1) added a run in the sixth and two in the eighth while Northridge (4-2) didn't score again until the eighth.
With UNLV trailing, 3-0, in the second, Steve Cerio banged a three-run home run off Northridge starter Dave Eggert to tie the score. Cerio led Rebel batters with two hits and four runs batted in.
Cerio and Lino Diaz added RBI singles with two out in the third to give UNLV the lead for good, 5-3.
Cerio's hit scored Lee Reiber, who reached base on a fielder's choice and moved to second when Eggert walked Ricky Scruggs. Diaz's single scored Scruggs.
Northridge escaped further damage in the inning when Eggert, who fell to 1-1, picked Cerio off at second.