Nevada Drops Season Opener 5-4 At St. Mary's
Moraga, Calif. – The University of Nevada(0-1) dropped its 2007 season opener to St. Mary’s College(1-0) at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga, Calif. Friday afternoon. The game was the 1,300th game for Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers in his career, all coming at Nevada.
Nevada scored first in the top of the second inning when with one down right fielder Terry Walsh walked and designated hitter Baker Krukow collected the first Pack hit of the season down the left field line to put two runners on base for first baseman Dan Eastham. Eastham delivered an RBI double down the left field line to give the Pack a 1-0 lead. A walk to shortstop Chris Siewert loaded the bases for second baseman David Ciarlo. Ciarlo’s single to left center field plated the second run of the inning. The Gaels turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and keep the Pack from adding to their 2-0 advantage.
In the top of the fourth inning Eastham again doubled in Walsh this time he hit the ball down the right field line. Walsh reached after being hit by pitch to start the inning and moved to second base after Krukow walked. The Pack had runners on second and third base with nobody out but the next three hitters were retired in order as Nevada failed to increase its lead.
Five consecutive SMC hitters collected hits in the bottom of the seventh and four runs scored as the Gaels moved in front 4-3. Left fielder Kyle Jensen and right fielder Eric Cattoni delivered RBI singles to score the first two runs. Second baseman Randy Wells’ two RBI single scored the tying and go ahead run.
In the bottom half of the eighth inning SMC designated hitter Michael Gonzales doubled off reliever Shaun Kort to left center field to get the inning started. Third baseman J.P. Musgrove’s sacrifice bunt moved Gonzales to third base and a walk to right fielder Kenny Fuglerud brought reliever Ben Colton into the game. Fuglerud hit the first pitch from Colton to left field for an RBI sacrifice fly to put the Gaels back on top 5-4 which proved to be the final score.
Pack senior starter Ryan Rodriguez was making his 50th consecutive start dating back to his freshman season and struck out eight in his 6.1 innings but received a no decision as did SMC starter Sean Gleason. Scott Schneider got the win for the Gaels pitching three innings of relief allowing one unearned run. Taylor Stanton got the save retiring all three hitters he faced in the ninth inning. Kort was tagged with the loss after allowing the run in the eighth innings.
Krukow(2-for-4,R), Eastham(2-for-4,2RBI), and Ciarlo(2-for-4,RBI) each had two hits for the Pack. Eastham’s hits were both doubles which scored runs. Ciarlo drove in Nevada’s other run in the game.
SMC first baseman Anthony Alliotti(3-for-4,R) collected a game high three hits. Catcher Ian Gordon(2-for-3,R,RBI) and Wells(2-for-4,2RBI) finished with two hits each. Wells drove in two of the Gaels five runs in the game.
Game two of the series is slated for 1 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
Notes: Ryan Rodriguez 50 consecutive starts, recorded a strikeout in all 50.