Nevada Scores Late To Sweep LA Tech

Matt Gardner earned his ninth save of the season pitching a scoreless ninth on Sunday.

April 15, 2012

Final Stats

RENO, Nev.  –  The University of Nevada (19-16, 4-2 WAC) baseball scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to down Louisiana Tech (17-19, 1-5 WAC) 4-3 at Peccole Park Sunday afternoon.  The Wolf Pack swept the three-game Western Athletic Conference series and is now 4-2 in conference play and 19-16 overall.  The Bulldogs dropped to 17-19 overall and 1-5 in WAC action.

The win was the 899th for Pack head coach Gary Powers and win 900 could happen on Tuesday when Nevada hosts San Francisco at 2 p.m.

Trailing 3-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth left fielder Tommy Niebergall walked and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Brooks KleinAustin Byler was hit by pitch and after a pitching change Kewby Meyer walked to load the bases.  Jay Anderson reached on a fielders choice that scored the tying run as he beat out the throw to first base that could have ended the game as LA Tech attempted to turn the double play.    Carlos Escobar reached on a throwing error by Bulldog third baseman Beau Bayless as Byler scored the go ahead run.

Closer Matt Gardner (9) came out of the bullpen and recorded the final three outs to earn his ninth save of the season.

LA Tech scored twice in the top of the first but Nevada answered with two in the bottom of the second on Kyle Hunt’s double.  The Bulldogs scratched out a run in the third inning to move in front 3-2 where it remained until the Pack scored twice in the bottom of the eighth.

Barry Timko (2-0) earned the victory striking out the only batter he faced to end the eighth inning.  .

Four different Nevada players had a hit in the game with Hunt driving home two with his second inning double.  Sam Alvis (3-for-5,R) had three of the Bulldogs nine hits in the game.

Notes:  Nevada head coach Gary Powers recorded his 899th win at Nevada leaving him one short of 900.  Matt Gardner’s ninth save is tied with Zach Basch (2003) for third most in a season at Nevada and his 15 career saves is tied with Luke Drakulich (1996-99) for second most in school history.  Nevada improved to 8-8 in one-run games.

Nevada 4, Louisiana Tech 3 (Apr 15, 2012 at Reno, Nevada)
Louisiana Tech...... 201 000 000  -  3  8  1      (17-19, 1-5 WAC)
Nevada.................. 020 000 02X  -  4  4  2      (19-16, 4-2 WAC)
Pitchers: Louisiana Tech - Sadberry, Chris; Gilley, Jamie(3); Dudley, Caleb(8) and Qualls, Tyler
. Nevada - Jameson, Tom; Van Gaver, Elliot(7); Prihar, Sean(7); Timko, Barry(8);
Gardner, Matt(9) and Escobar Jr., Carlos.
Win-Timko, Barry(2-0)  Save-Gardner, Matt(9)  Loss-Gilley, Jamie(1-4)  T-2:44  A-474
Weather: 58,partly sunny,5 mph          

Louisiana Tech 1st
Alvis S. singled up the middle (1-1 KB). Gebhardt grounded out to p, SAC (0-1
F); Alvis S. advanced to second. Williams popped up to rf down the rf line (1-0
B). Kimbell doubled to left field, RBI (3-2 KBBBSFF); Alvis S. scored. Hedges
singled to third base (0-1 K); Kimbell advanced to third. Hedges stole second;
Kimbell scored on a throwing error by c, unearned. Qualls struck out looking
(3-2 BFBKFBK). 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Nevada 2nd
Meyer, Kewby walked (3-1 BBBKB). Anderson, J. pinch hit for Culligan, T..
Anderson, J. grounded out to p, SAC (0-0); Meyer, Kewby advanced to second.
Escobar, C. singled to center field (0-2 KK); Meyer, Kewby advanced to third.
Hunt, Kyle doubled to center field, 2 RBI (0-0); Escobar, C. scored; Meyer,
Kewby scored. Hunt, Kyle out at second c to 2b, picked off. Rowe, J. struck out
swinging (3-2 BKFBBFS). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Louisiana Tech 3rd
Gebhardt walked (3-1 BBBKB). Williams walked (3-2 FBBSBB); Gebhardt advanced to
second. Kimbell lined out to rf (0-0). Hedges reached on a fielder's choice
(1-1 KB); Williams advanced to second; Gebhardt advanced to third on a fielding
error by 3b. Qualls reached on a fielder's choice, RBI (1-1 BK); Hedges out at
second ss to 2b; Williams advanced to third; Gebhardt scored, unearned. Gordey
reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); Qualls out at second ss to 2b. 1 run, 0
hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Nevada 8th
Burch to rf for Terrasas. Yrigoyen, G. walked (3-2 SBFBFBB). Klein, B. grounded
out to p, SAC (0-1 S); Yrigoyen, G. advanced to second. Byler, A. hit by pitch
(2-0 B). Dudley to p for Gilley. Meyer, Kewby walked (3-1 BKBBB); Byler, A.
advanced to second; Yrigoyen, G. advanced to third. Anderson, J. reached on a
fielder's choice, RBI (1-0 B); Meyer, Kewby out at second 2b to ss; Byler, A.
advanced to third; Yrigoyen, G. scored. Escobar, C. reached on a throwing error
by 3b (2-1 BKB); Anderson, J. advanced to second; Byler, A. scored, unearned.
Hunt, Kyle lined out to rf (0-0). 2 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.



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