Nevada Defeats Pacific 10-6 in First Home Win of the Season
RENO, NEV. - RHP Jayson McClaren got his first win of the season as the University of Nevada baseball team (2-9) defeated the Pacific Tigers (3-9) 10-6. McClaren gave up three runs on four hits in three innings in his fourth appearance of the year.
RHP Jeremy Cole (0-1) earned the no-decision in his second start of the season, giving up two runs on eight hits in four plus innings of work. Cole was relieved by McClaren after walking the first hitter in the fifth inning on four pitches.
Both starters cruised through the first three innings before allowing the first runs of the game to score in the fourth. Cole gave up two runs in the top of the fourth and Larsen gave up five runs on seven hits in the bottom half.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, Brock Stassi led off with his first home run of the season. Nick Melino, Brian Barnett and Garrett Yrigoyen followed Stassi's home run with three consecutive singles.
Melino scored when Pacific left fielder Matt Carvutto made an error on a line drive off the bat of Michael Turay, Barnett scored on a wild pitch, Yrigoyen scored on a single by Carlos Escobar Jr., and Turay scored when Braden Shipley grounded into a double play.
The Pack gave up four runs in the top of the fifth, but added two more in the bottom half to take a 7-6 lead into the top of the sixth.
Carlos Escobar Jr., who came into today's game hitting .300, stayed hot at the plate going 3-4 with a single and two doubles and two RBI. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Escobar doubled to deep left center allowing Brian Barnett to come around and score making it 7-6 Nevada.
Nevada added three insurance runs in the eighth inning when Jamison Rowe scored on a throwing error by Pacific third baseman Daniel Johnston, and Brian Barnett and Jake Schu scored on a triple by Garrett Yrigoyen.
Matt Gardner closed out the game for the Pack, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation.
The Wolf Pack looks to extend its two-game winning streak tomorrow when it takes on the Tigers tomorrow at 1 p.m. in game two of the three game series.