Nevada Drops One-Run Game to New Mexico
Feb. 18, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In a back-and-forth contest that saw a total of eight pitchers take the hill, the University of Nevada baseball team fell 3-2 to the New Mexico Lobos Saturday at Isotopes Park.
The loss dropped Nevada to 1-1, while New Mexico improved to 1-1.
The Wolf Pack bats continued to produce in the second game of the season, pounding out nine hits and hitting a number of balls hard, but right at Lobo defensive players. Nevada clean-up hitter Carlos Escobar Jr. was bitten by two line-drive outs to center field. He was 0-3 on the day.
Newcomer Brooks Klein made the first stand-out play of the day from right field in the bottom of the first. Charging a Mitchell Garver single, he threw out D.J. Peterson trying to score from second to end the inning.
Seeing his first action as a member of the Pack, Tyler Wells worked around two walks in the second, keeping the game scoreless after two full innings. Wells went four innings, giving up six hits, two runs and struck out one.
New Mexico starter Sam Wolff matched Wells early, shutting the Wolf Pack out through the first three innings despite allowing four base runners. In the bottom of the third, the Lobos got to Wells for two runs on four hits, including a Josh Melendez double. It was his second extra-base hit of the series.
The Nevada bats came alive in the top of the fourth, scoring one run on two hits. The RBI single came from Garret Yrigoyen, as the third baseman got his first knock of the year. Brett Jones also had a double in the inning, the first extra-base hit of the season for Nevada and his career with the Pack.
Wells got the Lobos to go down in order in the bottom of the inning, doing so on six pitches. In response, Wolff got the Pack in order on six pitches in the top of the fifth.
Troy Marks saw his first action Saturday, replacing Wells on the mound in the fifth.
Nevada chased Wolff in the sixth, after the Pack puts runners at first and second with one out. After Klein grounded out to short and the Wolf Pack runners advanced to second and third, Austin Byler grounded out to short to end the frame. Wolff went five and a third, giving up six hits, one run and two walks. He struck out three and left in line for the win.
The scoreboard read zeroes for both teams until the top of the eight, when Nevada tied the game at two on one hit and one walk. The hit was a double and came in pinch-hit fashion, as Hugo Hernandez ripped a ball down the left-field line to score pinch runner Cameron Brooks. Brooks stole second to get into scoring position, after running for Brett Jones.
A sacrifice fly from Lobo freshman Ryan Padilla put the Lobos ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, and would prove to be the winning run.
Marks took the loss despite solid stuff out of the Nevada bullpen. He went three and a third, giving up two hits and one earned run. He allowed one walk and fell to 0-1 with the loss.
Will Mathis, despite throwing only eight pitches, won for the Lobos. Nevada left nine runners on base, while New Mexico left eight runners aboard.
The final game of the series will be played at noon Sunday, also at Isotopes Park.