April 12, 2013
LAS VEGAS - The University of Nevada baseball team snapped a season-high four-game losing skid with a 7-6 Mountain West victory over UNLV tonight at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. With the victory the Wolf Pack moved within a game of the third place Rebels with a 6-7 conference mark and are 18-15 overall. UNLV dropped to 22-11 and 7-6 in the MW.
Tonight's game was the first of six this season that will help determine the winner of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy. The trophy will go to the winner of the all-sports series being contested for the first time this season between the two intrastate rivals.
The Pack led 7-4 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning and closer Michael Fain came out of the bullpen seeking his eighth save of the season. After allowing a single Fain retired the next two hitters but two more hits got the Rebels within a run at 7-6. With the tying run on second and the go ahead run at first base Fain got a groundout off the bat of Joey Armstrong to first base to preserve the win.
With two of the top pitchers in the MW, Nevada's Braden Shipley and UNLV's Erick Fedde, squaring off a pitchers dual saw more scoring than expected. After a scoreless first inning Nevada plated two in the top of the second on an RBI double by designated hitter Kewby Meyer and a single off the bat of catcher Ryan Teel.
UNLV's Brandon Bayardi homered leading off the bottom of the second to make it a 2-1 game. Pack left fielder Tommy Niebergall answered with his first home run of the season in the top of the third that scored Jamison Rowe who singled to start the inning and it was 4-1. The Rebels scored in the bottom of the inning and it was 4-2.
Both teams scored twice in the fifth. Pack third baseman Austin Byler's singled plated the two for Nevada. A sacrifice fly from shortstop Kyle Hunt in the sixth inning and Nevada had a three-run cushion 7-4 where it remained until the bottom of the ninth.
Shipley (5-1) won for the fifth time allowing four runs on six hits and struck out eight. He walked a season-high five in his seven innings on the mound. Fedde (4-1) lost his first of the season giving up seven runs, six earned in his six innings of action. Fain (8) earned his eighth save of the season which is tied with Scott Albin (1999) for the fifth best season in school history. The eight saves also tied with Mike Scott (1976-78) and Wesley Dorsett (2005-06) for ninth on the career list.
Byler (2-for-5,2RBI), Teel (2-for-4,RBI) and Rowe (2-for-3,R) each had two hits of the Pack as they totaled 11. Niebergall and Byler each drove in a pair.
Patrick Armstrong (3-for-4,3RBI) posted game highs with three hits and three RBI.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
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