Nevada Rally Falls Short In WAC Tournament Opener
RENO, Nev. – Trailing 5-0 the University of Nevada (23-30) baseball team’s rally came up short falling 5-4 to San Jose State University (34-24) in the first game of the Western Athletic Conference baseball tournament at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.
Spartan pitcher Roberto Padilla did not allow a hit the Wolf Pack until pinch hitter Michael Turay singled through the left side of the infield to start the sixth inning. The Pack was shutout until scoring three times in the eighth inning, which would be Padilla’s last of the game. Nevada scored three times on three hits with right field Brian Barnett driving home one run and third baseman Garrett Yrigoyen plated two with his single.
In the ninth inning the first two Pack hitters reached base and a sacrifice bunt moved them into scoring position. A ground out scored Turay to make it 5-4 but first baseman Brock Stassi’s ball to second base ended the game.
Nevada starting pitcher Troy Marks (2-6) suffered the loss giving up five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. Padilla earned the win to improve to 9-6 while Zach Jones recorded his 10th save of the season.
Turay (2-for-3,R) collected two of Nevada’s six hits in the game and scored a pair of runs.
Nevada will play the loser of tonight’s Louisiana Tech versus New Mexico State game tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m.