Melino's Two-Run Homer Gives Pack 5-4 Victory
RENO, NEV. - The University of Nevada baseball team (6-15) defeated the Utah Valley Wolverines (6-15) 5-4 in front of 517 fans at the first night game of the season at Peccole Park.
RHP Tom Jameson earned his second win of the season to improve to 2-4, holding the Wolverines to four runs on seven hits in five innings.
The Wolf Pack trailed 2-0 after a rocky first in which Jameson allowed two runs on four hits and a walk, but got both runs back on Joe Kohan's first home run of the season. Waylen Sing Chow took a pitch off his left leg with one out in the first, and Kohan followed with a blast to left field on the first pitch he saw.
Nevada trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth following a solo home run by Utah Valley center fielder Chris Benson and an RBI double by first baseman Goose Kallunki. As it did in the first, the Pack responded with a rally of its own, plating three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Center fielder Curtis Frisbie and catcher Carlos Escobar Jr. led off the inning with back-to-back doubles, with Frisbie scoring to cut Utah Valley's lead to one run. Escobar moved to third on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by Braden Shipley and Nick Melino followed by belting his second game-winning home run of the season to deep right center field to give Nevada a 5-4 lead.
Troy Marks entered the game in the bottom of the sixth inning and held the Wolverines to just one hit over three innings of work.
Matt Gardner worked a scoreless ninth inning for his fourth save of the season. He has not allowed an earned run in 9 2/3 innings this season.
Brock Stassi will start tomorrow for the Wolf Pack as they look to take game two of the series at 1 p.m. at Peccole Park.