Joukoff Pitches Pack To 10-6 Victory At LA Tech
RUSTON, La. - Senior Mark Joukoff tossed 6.2 innings of relief to pitch the University of Nevada (16-23, 5-6 WAC) baseball team to a 10-6 victory at Louisiana Tech (24-22, 7-9 WAC) Sunday afternoon at J.C. Love Field. With the victory the Wolf Pack avoided the sweep after the Bulldogs won the first three games of the four-game Western Athletic Conference series. With the win Nevada improved to 16-23 and 5-6 in WAC play while LA Tech fell to 24-22 and 7-9 in conference action.
Trailing 5-2 after two innings Nevada scored five times in the third inning and two more in the fourth inning to move in front 7-5. Sophomore Jamison Rowe's second career home run in the eighth accounted for the Pack's final run of the game.
Joukoff (2-5) allowed just an unearned run on five hits in his 6.2 innings on the mound throwing 117 pitches. Matt Gardner came out of the bullpen to record the final two outs of the game. Starter Brock Stassi lasted just 1.2 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits. Dan Breazeale (1-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs in his inning of work.
Catcher Carlos Escobar Jr. (3-for-4,RBI) and Stassi (3-for-4,R,RBI) had three hits each for the Pack. Rowe (2-for-3,3R,RBI) totaled two hits and scored three runs batting leadoff. Brian Barnett (1-for-3,R,3RBI) hit his team leading fifth home run of the season in the first inning and drove home three on the day.
Four LA Tech hitters had multi hit games for the Bulldogs led by right fielder Kylie Roliard (3-for-5,2R,3RBI) who finished with a three hits, two runs scored and three RBI.
Nevada begins an eight-game homestand on Thursday when WAC leading Hawai'i comes to Peccole Park for the first game of a four-game series with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m.