Nevada Wins Series Finale At UC Riverside 7-5
Feb. 13, 2005
Riverside, Calif. - UCR's bats woke up in the late innings as they tried to recover from a 5-0 deficit. After gaining just two hits in the first seven innings, the Highlanders scored four times in the eighth. Once again it was the substitutes who jump-started the rally as Andrew Martinez led off with a single to center and Jeff Dunbar followed with a single to left. Pinch-hitter Louie Hernandez walked to load the bases with no outs. The rally looked to die out when Brett Bigler's fly ball to center was too shallow for Martinez to tag and Andrew Garcia struck out. Aaron Grant got UCR on the board with a double to right, plating Dunbar and Martinez before Nevada brought in reliever Steve Taylor. Taylor then gave up a double to Nick Salotti that brought home two more runs to make it 5-4. But pinch-hitter Brian Steinmeyer lined out to left to end the rally.
Nevada (3-3) added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth, which would prove valuable. Another throwing error, this time by Steinmeyer at third, put Carlos Madrid at second and he scored on Brett Hayes' double. After moving to third on a flyout, Hayes scored on reliever Jose Shaw's wild pitch to give the Wolfpack a three-run cushion, 7-4.
UCR mustered a slight rally in the ninth, with doubles by Martinez and Hernandez bringing in a run and sending the tying run to the plate in Bigler. Bigler popped up to short to end the game.
The Wolfpack broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, taking advantage of defensive miscues to score two unearned runs. Eric Newman reached on a throwing error by UCR third baseman Aaron Wible and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Robert Marcial. Madrid followed with a single to left and Newman scored on an infield groundout that advanced Madrid to second. Madrid then came all the way around on a passed ball and a balk.
Nevada added two more runs in the fifth, both with two out. After Marcial led off with a single, the Highlanders got two more outs before Jacob Butler walked. Ben Mummy followed with a double to right that brought in both Marcial and Butler. The Wolfpack pushed across another run in the top of the eighth on Shawn Scobee's solo home run off Shawl.
Haley Winter (1-2) took the loss, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs but only two earned. He also walked three and struck out two. Ryan Rodriguez (1-1) got the win, throwing seven innings of shutout, two-hit ball. Taylor earned his first save in 1 1/3 innings of work.