Nevada Edges New Mexico 9-8 to Win Series
Feb. 19, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In a game that saw 17 runs, 24 hits and 10 pitchers, the University of Nevada baseball team defeated New Mexico 9-8 Sunday to take the series 2-1.
The win improved Nevada to 2-1 overall and dropped New Mexico to 1-2.
The moves paid immediate dividends, as Jones doubled into the right-center-field gap with two outs in the top of the first. A walk to Carlos Escobar Jr., followed by a hit batsman in Austin Byler, loaded the bases for Meyer. The freshman from Waipahu, Hawai'i, took a 2-1 fastball from New Mexico starter Alexis Garza into the gap in left center for a double, plating Jones and Escobar to give the Pack a 2-0 lead. Brooks Klein bounced out to first to end the inning.
In total, seven Nevada hitters swung the bat in the first inning.
Two throwing errors from New Mexico in the top of the second gave the Pack another opportunity to push the momentum in its direction. The errors came from third baseman Kyle Stiner on a Garrett Yrigoyen bunt, and Garza on a pick-off attempt. With Yrigoyen at second, Joe Kohan singled up the middle to make the score 3-0 Wolf Pack. Garza was replaced by Selby Brummett after the Kohan at bat.
He went one inning, gave up three hits, three earned runs and walked one.
After Jay Anderson sacrificed Kohan to second, Kyle Hunt singled off Brummett to push the Pack lead to four. The Pack wasn't done scoring in the second though. Hunt stole second and was driven home by Escobar, who doubled into left for his first RBI of the season, as well as his first extra-base hit. Austin Byler rolled out to first to end the inning with Nevada up 5-0.
Three unearned runs from the Lobos in the bottom of the second got them back into the game.
The score was 5-3 in favor of the Pack after three full, as Jameson got the red hot Josh Melendez to ground into a double play to end the third.
Another Anderson sacrifice moved Kohan to third after a lead-off double in the fourth. Jones came through two batters later, singling into right to make the score 6-3 Pack.
Scoring in bunches on Sunday, the Lobos got four in the fifth to take the lead back from Nevada. They didn't have it for long, however, as the Pack scored twice in the sixth to make the score 8-7.
Kohan led the inning off with a walk and scored on an Anderson triple. It was the first three-base hit of the year for Nevada, and the first of Anderson's career. Jones continued to deliver in big spots two batters later, scoring Anderson with a single into right field.
Refusing to go quietly, New Mexico scored once in the sixth to level the game at eight. It was the third time the game had been tied.
Kohan, in the middle of the Wolf Pack success again in the eighth, doubled down the left field line with one out. Hunt singled him home two batters later to put Nevada ahead 9-8. Kohan was on base four times in four at bats with three hits. He also scored four runs and had one RBI.
Kody Gorden saw his first action of the season in a big spot in the eighth, coming in with two runners on and two outs. He walked Stiner to load the bases. Matt Gardner, who came into the game after the free pass, got D.J. Peterson to bounce back to him to end the inning. Gardner allowed a runner to third in the ninth, but struck out Alex Real to end the game. The strikeout of Real was the only strikeout of the game for the Nevada staff and gave Gardner his second save.
Tim Culligan got the win for Nevada, going three and a third in relief and giving up one earned run. He is 1-0. Starter Tom Jameson went four and a third, giving up seven hits, four earned runs and walking two. Josh Walker got the loss for New Mexico, falling to 0-1.
Nevada will take the field next on Tuesday at San Francisco. First pitch is at 2 p.m. at Benedetti Diamond.