May 9, 2014
RENO, Nev. - On a night when former longtime Wolf Pack head baseball coach Gary Powers' number 17 was retired, the University of Nevada (26-21, 14-11 MW) baseball team lost the first game of a three-game Mountain West series to conference co-leader New Mexico (34-16-1, 17-8 MW) at Peccole Park 5-4. The Wolf Pack remains in third place with a14-11 conference record and is 26-21 overall. The Lobos remain tied with UNLV at 17-8 in conference play and improved to 34-16-1 overall.
The Pack struck in the bottom of the first inning when first baseman Austin Byler's MW leading 13th home run sailed over the center field fence. UNM tied it in the top of the second inning on an RBI single from second baseman Jared Meek.
Lobo catcher Alex Real's second home run of the season in the top of the third scored three and UNM moved in front to stay 4-1. Pack senior third baseman Bryce Barger's first career home run scored Byler in the bottom of the sixth and Nevada was within a run 4-3.
UNM got one of the runs back in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Aaron Siple to push the Lobo advantage to 5-3.
A one-out bases loaded walk to designated hitter Brad Gerig pushed across a run to make the score 5-4. Pack shortstop Kyle Hunt hit into a double play to end the threat and Nevada was unable to score in the ninth.
Michael Fain (4-5) suffered the loss allowing five runs on seven hits in eight innings on the mound. Josh Walker (7-4) won for the seventh time this season giving up three runs on five hits in his seven innings of action. Victor Sanchez (9) earned his ninth save of the season pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Byler (2-for-3,3R,RBI,2B,HR) and Gerig (2-for-2,RBI) had two hits each for the Pack as the team totaled six. Barger drove in two with his home run. Byler collected his 13th double and 13th home run in the game.
Sam Haggerty (2-for-4,R) led UNM with two hits and Real (1-for-3,R,3RBI,HR) drove in a game-high three with his homer.
Game two of the series is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday night. Listen to the game on 1060 AM in Northern Nevada with Don Marchand calling the action and free audio is also available at NevadaWolfPack.com/audio. A free video stream is available at NevadaWolfPack.tv.
Junior Colby Blueberg made his 30th appearance of the season which improves on his Nevada single season record.
There will be $1 hotdogs at Saturday's game.
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