Pack Takes Game Two From Bulldogs 7-4

Carlos Escobar had three hits and three RBI in Nevada 7-4 victory over Louisiana Tech.

April 14, 2012

Final Stats

RENO, Nev.  -  The University of Nevada (18-16, 3-2 WAC) baseball team defeated Louisiana Tech (17-18, 1-4 WAC) in game two of a Western Athletic Conference  series 7-4 on Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park.  The Wolf Pack won Friday 3-2 and is now 18-16 overall and 3-2 in WAC play.  The Bulldogs dropped to 17-18 and 1-4 in conference action.

LA Tech led 3-0 going to the bottom of the fourth inning but Nevada scored the next five runs to move in front 5-3.  Catcher Carlos Escobar's double scored two runs in the fourth to close the gap to a single run.  First baseman Kewby Meyer's two-RBI double in the fifth inning put the Pack in front 5-3.

The Bulldogs scored a single run in the sixth but Nevada scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to make the final score 7-4.   

Freshman Tyler Wells (3-3) earned the victory allowing four runs, three earned pitching a career-high 6.2 innings to even his record at 3-3.  Matt Gardner (8) pitched a scoreless ninth to record his eighth save of the season.  The eight saves are  tied with Scott Albin (1999) for the fourth best season in school history.

Phil Maton (5-4) was tagged with the loss giving up five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work.

Sophomore Tommy Niebergall (3-for-5,R,2RBI)  had three hits for the Pack which were all doubles and he drove home two.  Niebergall had two doubles on Friday giving him five in the first two games of the series.  Escobar (3-for-4,3RBI) also had three hits and drove in three for the Pack.

LA Tech shortstop Ryan Gebhart (2-for-5) led the Bulldogs with two hits.  Third baseman Beau Bayless (1-for-4,R,3RBI) tied for game-high honors with three RBI.  Bayless' hit was a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

The final game of the series is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Tom Jamison (4-1) is slated to get the start for the Pack while LA Tech has yet to name their starter.

Notes:  Outfielder Brooks Klein had his 14-game hit streak snapped going 0-for-4.  The win was the 898th for head coach Gary Powers who is 898-721-5 in his 30th season leading the Wolf Pack.  Matt Gardner earned his eighth save which is tied with Scott Albin (1999) for the fourth best season in school history.  Gardner's 14 career saves is third at Nevada.  Tommy Niebergall has five hits in nine at bats in the series with all five hits being doubles.

Nevada 7, Louisiana Tech 4 (Apr 14, 2012 at Reno, Nevada)
Louisiana Tech...... 100 201 000  -  4 10  0      (17-18, 1-4 WAC)
Nevada................ 000 230 11X  -  7 11  1      (18-16, 3-2 WAC)
Pitchers: Louisiana Tech - Maton, Phil; Alvis, Sam(6); Dudley, Caleb(7); Ferguson, James(8) and
Arnsberg, Kyle. Nevada - Wells, Tyler; Blueberg, Colby(7); Gardner, Matt(9) and
Escobar Jr., Carlos.
Win-Wells, Tyler(3-3)  Save-Gardner, Matt(8)  Loss-Maton, Phil(5-4)  T-2:35  A-387
HR LATECH - Bayliss, Beau (3).
Weather: 50,partly cloudy,16 mph       

Louisiana Tech 1st
Gandy doubled to right center (0-1 K). Gebhardt struck out swinging (3-2
BKFFBFBFS). Williams grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-0 B); Gandy advanced to
third. Kimbell walked (3-0 BBBB). Hedges reached on a fielding error by 2b (0-1
K); Kimbell advanced to second; Gandy scored, unearned. Arnsberg grounded out
to 1b unassisted (0-1 K). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Louisiana Tech 4th
Arnsberg hit by pitch (2-1 BK). Gordey grounded out to p, SAC (1-1 BS);
Arnsberg advanced to second. Burch grounded out to ss (2-2 BKFB); Arnsberg
advanced to third. Bayliss homered to left center, 2 RBI (1-1 BS); Arnsberg
scored. Gandy flied out to rf (2-0 BB). 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Nevada 4th
Klein, B. flied out to lf down the lf line (1-0 B). Meyer, Kewby flied out to
rf (0-1 K). Byler, A. hit by pitch (2-1 KB). Yrigoyen, G. singled to left
center, advanced to second on the throw (0-0); Byler, A. advanced to third.
Escobar, C. doubled to left center, 2 RBI (2-2 KBFB); Yrigoyen, G. scored;
Byler, A. scored. Kohan, J. popped up to lf (1-2 FKBF). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0
errors, 1 LOB.

Nevada 5th
Anderson, J. singled to right field (2-0 BB). Hunt, Kyle singled to pitcher
(2-2 FBBF); Anderson, J. advanced to second. Niebergall doubled down the lf
line, RBI (1-2 SBK); Hunt, Kyle advanced to third; Anderson, J. scored. Klein,
B. struck out looking (2-2 KSBBK). Meyer, Kewby singled down the lf line, 2 RBI
(2-2 KFBBF); Niebergall scored; Hunt, Kyle scored. Byler, A. flied out to cf
(0-2 KFF). Meyer, Kewby stole second. Yrigoyen, G. grounded out to ss (3-2
BSKFBB). 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Louisiana Tech 6th
Arnsberg doubled to right center (0-2 KK). Gordey singled to first base, bunt
(0-1 F); Arnsberg advanced to third. Burch popped up to 1b (1-0 B). Bayliss
reached on a fielder's choice, RBI (1-2 FKB); Gordey out at second p to ss;
Arnsberg scored. Gandy reached on a fielder's choice (1-0 B); Bayliss out at
second 2b to ss. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Nevada 7th
Klein, B. fouled out to 3b (2-0 BB). Meyer, Kewby walked (3-1 BBBKB). Byler, A.
grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-2 KK); Meyer, Kewby advanced to second. Dudley
to p for Alvis S.. Yrigoyen, G. hit by pitch (1-0). Escobar, C. singled through
the left side, RBI (0-0); Yrigoyen, G. advanced to second; Meyer, Kewby scored.
Kohan, J. popped up to ss (0-0). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Nevada 8th
White to lf. Neel to rf. Ferguson to p for Dudley. Rowe, J. hit by pitch (1-0).
Hunt, Kyle grounded out to 3b, SAC (0-0); Rowe, J. advanced to second.
Niebergall doubled down the rf line, RBI (0-1 K); Rowe, J. scored. Klein, B.
grounded out to 2b (1-1 BF); Niebergall advanced to third. Meyer, Kewby
grounded out to ss (1-0 B). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.



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