Wild Pitch In The Ninth Scores Winning Run As Pack Falls
RUSTON, La. - A wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed Louisiana Tech (24-21, 7-8 WAC) pinch runner Corey White to score the winning run from second base as the University of Nevada (15-23, 4-6 WAC) baseball team lost 6-5 at J.C. Love Field today. With the victory the Bulldogs won both games of today's doubleheader after taking game one 8-2 and won Friday 3-1.
The loss drops the Wolf Pack to 15-23 and 4-6 in the conference. LA Tech improved to 24-21 and 7-8 in WAC play.
Nevada led 5-4 after seven innings and closer Matt Gardner came out of the bullpen to try and earn his fifth save of the season. Gardner had not allowed an earned run this season but LA Tech scored one in the eighth to tie the game at 5-5. After the first two outs of the bottom of the ninth inning were recorded, back to back singles put the winning run on second base. White came in to run and on a 3-0 count with Colby Johnson at the plate Gardner's pitch hit the front of the plate and bounced high toward the Pack dugout allowing White to score from second base.
Four of LA Tech's six runs scored in the game came with two out and three of the runners that scored reached on walks.
Gardner (2-1) suffered the loss and LA Tech reliever Caleb Dudley (4-2) earned the win pitching three scoreless innings.
Nick Melino (3-for-4,2R) and Brock Stassi (2-for-5,2RBI) led the Pack with three and two hits respectively. Stassi drove in two of Nevada's five runs. Bulldog first baseman Alex Williams (4-for-4) finished with a game-high four hits and drove in two LA Tech runs in the game. Williams had the two-out single in the ninth inning to get the rally started and White ran for him and eventually scored the winning run.
The final game of the four-game series is slated from 11:00 a.m. PT on Sunday.