March 26, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. – Seven Nevada pitchers combined to beat UC Davis 5-4 Monday, on the road at Dobbins Stadium.
The Wolf Pack improved to 13-10 with the win, while UC Davis fell to 10-10.
The game-winning run came off the bat of Joe Kohan, on a groundout in the sixth, scoring Austin Byler. On base after getting hit by a pitch, Byler stole second and advanced to third on an error before Kohan brought him home.
The Nevada bullpen was strong in relief of Troy Marks, who started the game on the mound and went one inning. He gave up six hits and three runs in his second start of the season, but did not factor into the decision.
Nevada took the lead for the first time in the fourth, scoring three times on four hits. With the Pack trailing 3-1, Kyle Hunt tied the game on a two-run home run. UC Davis right fielder Kevin Barker went back to the wall and left his feet, trying to pull the ball back over the fence. As the ball was just out of his reach and into the seats in right field, Hunt had his first-career round tripper.
One pitch later, Carlos Escobar Jr. doubled to left field. The next batter, Joe Kohan, doubled for the second time in the game to score Escobar and give Nevada the lead.
Nevada’s relief pitchers combined for eight innings of work, surrendering only one run and giving up eight hits. Tim Culligan pitched a scoreless eighth, and Matt Gardner recorded his team-leading sixth save of the season giving up one run in the ninth
Kohan made a stellar defensive play in the sixth, which was Kody Gorden’s first inning of work. The second baseman was moving to his right when he dove and snagged a ball off the bat of Nick Lynch throwing him out at first for the second out.
Barry Timko won his first game, going 2.1 innings and giving up two hits to improve to 1-0. Jason McClaren and Sean Prihar also saw work out of the bullpen for the Pack. Prihar threw 1.2 innings and gave up two hits.
Escobar was 3-4 with two runs scored. Kohan had three hits in three at bats and drove in two runs, raising his season average to .359 to lead the team.
Nevada will welcome BYU to Peccole Park for a three-game series this weekend, with game one on Thursday at 2 p.m.