Moraga, Calif. – The University of Nevada(1-1) scored a single run in the top of the ninth inning to defeat St. Mary’s College(1-1) 6-5 at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga, Calif. Saturday afternoon. With the victory the Wolf Pack and Gaels have split their season opening series with SMC winning 5-4 on Friday.
Shortstop Chris Siewert led off the top of the ninth inning with a single through the right side of the infield. Second baseman David Ciarlo’s sacrifice bunt successfully moved Siewert into scoring position for center fielder Nick Sansone. Sansone’s RBI single scored Siewert with what proved to be the winning run.
Pack reliever Kody Keroher (1-0) retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to earn the win. Keroher caught two SMC Gael hitters looking at called third strikes in the ninth inning including the final out of the game.
The Gaels scored a single run in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Right fielder Eric Cattoni walked and stole second base to get things started. Second baseman Randy Wells then followed with an RBI single to center field give SMC the lead. Pack starter Rod Scurry then retired the next three hitters to end the inning.
Nevada scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to go on top 5-1. With one down Sansone and right fielder Matt Bowman hit back to back doubles to tie the game at 1-1. Left fielder Mike Hale followed with an RBI single to right field and the Pack led 2-1. Catcher Baker Krukow’s single knocked SMC starter Brandon Berl out of the game. Pinch hitter Shaun Kort hit the second pitch he saw from reliever Jimmy Munill over the right field fence. The three-run homer gave the Pack a four-run advantage at 5-1.
SMC closed the gap to a single run after scoring three in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cattoni drove in one run and shortstop Joel Staples another. The other run in the inning scored on an error by Hale after he over ran a ball hit down the left field line.
The Gaels tied the game at 5-5 with a single run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Third baseman J.P. Musgrove was hit by pitch leading off the inning. Pinch runner Corry Miller was sacrificed to second base and later scored on first baseman Anthony Alliotti’s RBI single. The Pack turned a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning and keep the game tied. Nevada got the win after scoring the single run in the top of the ninth inning.
Keroher (1-0) got the win after pitching 1.2 shutout innings. Scurry was outstanding allowing a run and just two hits while striking out four in six innings of action. He left the game with the Pack leading 5-1. Alex Jensen(0-1), the third SMC pitcher was tagged with the loss after allowing a run on two hits in 1.1 innings on the mound.
Sansone(3-for-5,R,RBI) led the Pack with a game high three hits of which his last drove in the winning run. Catcher Baker Krukow (2-for-3,R), Kort(2-for-2,R,3RBI,HR), and third baseman Tyson Jaquez (2-for-4) totaled two hits each. Kort’s first collegiate was the three-run homer.
Cattoni(2-for-3,2R,RBI) and Alliotti(2-for-3,R,RBI) led SMC with two hits apiece.
The final game of the series is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
Notes: Bowman extended is hit streak to nine games with an RBI double in the sixth inning.