Feb. 26, 2012
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada baseball team fell 6-1 to Utah Valley University Sunday in the final game of a three-game series at Peccole Park.
The loss dropped Nevada to 5-2, while Utah Valley improved to 2-5.
Nevada's best chance to score runs came in the seventh inning, with the Wolf Pack unable to capitalize with runners on. Brett Jones led the inning off with a single to third. A throwing error by Jake Rickenbach put runners at second and third with no one out. Two batters later, Kewby Meyer drove Jones in with a base hit to center field to make the score 3-1 Utah Valley. Brooks Klein popped up to the shortstop for the second out and Joe Kohan fouled out to end the inning.
Nevada managed four hits, all against starter Adam Gunn. He went seven innings and allowed no earned runs with five strike outs to get his first win of the season.
The game began as a pitcher's duel, with zeroes on the board for the first three innings. Nevada starter Tom Jameson worked around two hits in the first, including a lead-off double from Rickenbach. Jameson also left the bases loaded in the third. He went four innings, gave up six hits and two earned runs. He struck out two Wolverine hitters.
Rickenbach homered with a runner on in the fourth, putting the Wolverines up 2-0. It was the first time Utah Valley had a lead in the series.
Austin Byler flew out to the warning track in center field to end the fourth with runners on first and second. Relieving Jameson in the fifth, Tim Culligan got Alex Exon to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and prevent the Wolverines from adding to their lead. A run on two hits in the seventh made the score 3-0 Utah Valley.
Three runs in the top of the ninth, making the score 6-1 in favor of the Wolverines, were the final tallies of the game.
Preston Olsen recorded the game's last six outs to earn his first save of the season.
Nevada will take the field again on Tuesday at Santa Clara. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.