March 9, 2012
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada baseball team routed UC Santa Barbara 12-2 Friday at Peccole Park on the strength of an 11-run sixth inning that saw 14 Nevada hitters come to the plate.
The Wolf Pack improved to 8-5 with the win, while UCSB fell to 6-7.
Nevada trailed 2-1 entering the sixth. The outlook of the game would change dramatically in the biggest inning of the season for the Wolf Pack.
On the 10th pitch of his first at bat in the inning, Austin Byler tied the game at two with a single into right field to score Kyle Hunt with no one out. After Byler's RBI-single, Brooks Klein put a ball back up the middle to load the bases and knock UCSB starter Austin Pettibone out of the game.
With the bases loaded, reliever Cameron Cunio threw a wild pitch that allowed Brett Jones to score from third and put Nevada ahead 3-2. After Cunio walked Kewby Meyer to load the bases again, he was relieved by Jeremy Peterson. Peterson could not improve on the work of the previous UCSB pitchers, walking Garrett Yrigoyen to make the score 4-2 in favor of the Pack.
A bases-clearing triple from Carlos Escobar Jr. followed, breaking the game open and putting Nevada up 7-2. After another double-digit pitch at bat by Jay Anderson resulted in a single to right to score Escobar, Nevada led 8-2, and still wasn't done scoring.
A bunt single from Hunt, followed by a single to right by Jones made the score 9-2 Pack. Byler's second hit in the inning was his third home run of the season, as he blasted the first pitch he saw from reliever Jared Wilson over the right field fence to make the score 12-2 Nevada.
Jay Anderson tripled to lead off the game for Nevada, bringing his consecutive-games reached streak to 13 to begin his career. He was driven home by Jones, who grounded out to second base.
Bradey Shipley (3-1 2.45 ERA) went six innings to get his third win of the season, giving up four hits and striking out five Gaucho hitters. He gave up both of his runs in the first inning, but did not give up another hit until the sixth inning. Pettibone lost his first collegiate game for UCSB and fell to 2-1 on the season.
Escobar matched his season total in RBI with three on Friday.
Nevada will meet UCSB in game two of the series at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Peccole Park.