Feb. 21, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - The University of Nevada (3-1) baseball team used seven pitchers in today's nonconference game at San Francisco (2-2) to defeat the Dons 7-3 at Benedetti Field. The Wolf Pack improved to 3-1 while USF fell to 2-2 on the season.
Trailing 2-0 after an inning the Wolf Pack pounded out four hits and scored three runs in the second to take a 3-2 lead and never trailed the rest of the game. Designated hitter Austin Byler led off the inning with a solo home run to get the Pack on the scoreboard. Left fielder Kewby Meyer followed with a double and scored on right fielder Brooks Klein's single. Second baseman Joe Kohan's single plated the third run of the inning.
A triple by Pack center fielder Jay Anderson started the fifth inning and a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Kyle Hunt scored Nevada's fourth run of the game. USF scored its final run of the game in the sixth inning on left fielder Ted LeMasters solo home run to get the Dons within a run at 4-3.
Nevada broke open the one-run game in the top of the ninth inning scoring three times on just two hits. Two of the runs scored on bases loaded walks and the third crossed the plate on a ground ball double play.
Griffin Kirsch (1-0) earned the win in his first appearance for the Pack allowing one run on one hit in 1.1 innings on the mound. Six of the Nevada pitchers did not allow a run and just one of the three Dons runs were earned. USF starter Andrew Pulido (0-1) suffered the loss giving up three runs on six hits in two innings of work.
Kohan (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the Pack with a game-high three hits, scored a run and drove in one. Anderson (2-for-4, 2R), first baseman Brett Jones (2-for-4, RBI) and Meyer (2-for-3, R) each had two hits for Nevada. Beyler's home run was his first and the first for the Pack this season.
Seven different USF batters collected a hit for the Dons.
Nevada hosts Utah Valley University it its home opener on Friday at 2 p.m. at Peccole Park. Saturday and Sunday's games are scheduled for 1 p.m.