Freshman Kyle Hunt stares a ball down at shortstop
March 17, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Playing its first extra-inning game of the season, Nevada fell 6-5 to UC Irvine Saturday at Peccole Park.
The loss dropped Nevada to 10-8, while UC Irvine improved to 11-8.
The winning run came in the form of Anteater second baseman D.J. Crumlich, on a wild pitch in the 10th inning. With the bases loaded and Christian Ramirez at the plate, Nevada closer Matt Gardner bounced a ball in the dirt, allowing Crumlich to scamper home from third.
In a game that was filled with late-inning action, the Wolf Pack tied the contest at five in the bottom of the ninth after UCI scored once in the top half of the inning to take the lead. Tommy Niebergall began the inning with a walk, and was driven home two batters later by Kewby Meyer, when the freshman from Waipahu, Hawai'i singled and drove in his sixth run of the year.
Nevada, unable to do the same in the bottom of the 10th, dropped its final home game of the week before traveling to meet Arkansas Tuesday at 4:35 p.m.
Gardner lost his first game of the year, falling to 0-1. Nevada starter Tom Jameson went five innings and gave up four earned runs. He struck out two UCI hitters. Irvine starter Crosby Slaught went 3.1 innings, threw 59 pitches and gave up three earned runs in a no decision. Phillip Ferragamo won in relief to move to 2-1 on the year.
Kyle Hunt tripled in the seventh inning for his first three-base hit of the season. He was 2-2 with a walk and two RBI. Joe Kohan and Jameson Rowe each drove in a run. Kohan had two hits in four at bats.
Nevada will play two games against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, with the second coming on Wednesday at 4:35.