Feb. 25, 2012
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada baseball team routed Utah Valley University 9-1 in the second game of a three-game series at Peccole Park Saturday.
The win moved Nevada to 5-1, while Utah Valley fell to 1-5.
Tyler Wells earned his first win of the season (1-0, 1.74 ERA). He went 6.1 innings, allowing only two hits and striking out three Wolverine hitters. Nevada's starting pitchers are yet to surrender a run to Utah Valley, posting 12.1 innings of scoreless work on the mound. They have struck out 12 hitters and allowed only five hits.
Nevada scored four times in the third to put the game out of reach, including a three-run shot over the right field fence by Brooks Klein. It was his first home run and the first at Peccole Park for the Pack this season. Two innings later, he drove in another run. After Austin Byler led off the fifth with a double, he scored on a Klein groundout two batters later.
Klein finished the afternoon 1-3 with four RBI.
In Friday's game the Pack was on the wrong end of one of the game's rarest plays when he hit into a triple play. On Saturday, Nevada was on the other side of play just as rare. After singling to right in the bottom of the first, Kyle Hunt stole three bases on the next six pitches. A bang-bang play at the plate saw Hunt in just under the tag by Wolverine catcher Taylor Berg.
Nevada scored one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and another in the seventh.
In his first action on the mound as a member of the Pack, Garrett Yrigoyen went 1.2 innings and struck out three. He relieved Wells with two on in the seventh and one out, getting Kai Hatch to fly out to center and striking out Berg looking to end the inning.
Tommy Niebergall saw his first action of the season leading off the seventh in pinch-hit fashion. He looked at one pitch, lining a Kole Mickolio fastball into center field for a single. Jamison Rowe singled to left to score him two batters later, after Niebergall had stolen second.
Colby Blueberg saw his first action as a member of the Pack, going one inning in relief and giving up one run. Ray Daniels played third base for his first action of the year, recording one assist in a half inning of defensive work. He did not have an at bat. Ryan Teel also saw the field; catching Blueberg in the top of the ninth after getting a pinch-hit at bat in the eighth. He grounded out to second.
Byler was 3-4 with two runs scored, while Hunt was 2-3 with three stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI. As a team, the Wolf Pack swiped six bags Saturday. The Pack banged out 13 hits Saturday and now has 27 hits in the first two games of the series.
The third-and-final game of the series will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at Peccole Park. Tom Jameson (0-0, 8.31 ERA) will take the hill for Nevada. Adam Gunn (0-0, 6.75 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for Utah Valley.