March 18, 2014
HONOLULU, Hawaii - University of Nevada (9-11) junior lefty Tyler Wells tossed a complete game but the Wolf Pack was shutout 1-0 at Hawai`i (9-11) in the final game of a four-game series at Les Murakami Stadium tonight. The two former Western Athletic Conference foes split the four-game series and both squads are 9-11 on the season. Nevada won the first two games and UH the last two.
UH and Nevada last played a 1-0 game at Les Murakami Stadium on Apr. 29, 2004. The Pack's Travis Sutton and the Rainbow Warriors Ricky Bauer both tossed nine shutout innings before both teams went to the bullpen. UH scored a run in the bottom of the 10th inning with two out to win 1-0.
The only run of tonight's game came in the bottom of the first inning when Stephen Ventimilia singled, stole second base and advanced to third on the play courtesy of a wild pitch. A groundout by Kaeo Aliviado scored Ventimilia with the only run of the night.
UH starter Scott Kuzminsky (2-2) faced the minimum 27 batters in the game and earned his second win of the season. Kuzminsky allowed a walk and two singles. Austin Byler walked in the first but was caught stealing second base. Catcher Jordan Devencenzi and Byler singled in the game but both were erased on double plays.
Wells (0-3) was sharp retiring 18 in a row after allowing the single to Ventimilia. He allowed just two hits and struck out eight, one off his career high. The eight innings pitched is a career best. He faced just 25 hitters in the game. The junior is now 0-3 on the season.
Nevada returns to Mountain West play on Friday at 4 p.m. when Air Force comes to Peccole Park to begin a three-game conference series. Saturday's game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and first pitch on Sunday is at 1 p.m. Listen to the game on 1060 AM with Don Marchand calling the action. A free internet broadcast is available at NevadaWolfPack.tv and free audio at NevadaWolfPack.com/audio.
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