No. 22 UC Irvine Rallies Past Wolf Pack 8-7
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada baseball team led 6-0 after seven innings only to have No. 22 UC Irvine score eight runs in its last two at bats to win 8-7 on a cold and snowy day at Peccole Park Saturday afternoon. With the loss the Wolf Pack fell to 0-2 while the Anteaters improved to 2-0.
Nevada scored three times in the bottom of the fourth inning to go on top 3-0. Third baseman Jason Rodriguez got the inning started with a solo home run. With one down first baseman Shaun Kort singled and left fielder Terry Walsh then reached on an error. A successful sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position then shortstop Kevin Rodland and catcher Tyson Jaquez delivered RBI singles to put the Pack in front 3-0.
In the fifth the Pack added two more runs to increase its lead to 5-0. Center fielder Jason Sadoian doubled and moved to third base on a ground out by Rodriguez. Designated hitter Matt Bowman was hit by pitch and first baseman Shaun Kort followed with a sacrifice fly. Bowman stole second and later scored on Walsh’s RBI single and it was 5-0.
In the sixth inning second baseman David Ciarlo singled and later scored on Sadoian’s second double of the game and it was 6-0. Pack starter Chris Garcia was keeping UCI off the board and allowed just one hit in his seven shutout innings before giving way to the bullpen.
In the top of the eighth inning UCI scored five runs on four hits off reliever Derek Achelpohl to close within one at 6-5. Achelpohl hit two batters in the inning. Heavy snow fall in the bottom of the eighth inning caused a 20 minute delay before the Pack came to the plate. Nevada scored an unearned run when UCI left fielder Brock Bardeen dropped a fly ball that would have ended the inning and Rodriguez came around to score to make the score 7-5.
In the top of the ninth inning Achelpohl walked the first batter and hit the second hitter of the inning before being relieved by Stephen Bautista. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position and right fielder Dillon Bell delivered a two RBI double to tie the game at 7-7. The next UCI hitter Tyler Hoechlin, doubled home the go ahead run to make it 8-7.
In the bottom of the ninth inning Rodland tripled to right field with one down but the next two Pack batters were retired as the Anteaters had completed their comeback.
Garcia was solid striking out four, walking one and allowing just one hit in seven shutout innings but received a no decision. Bautista(0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on two hits in his inning of work. Eric Pettis(1-0), the fifth UCI pitcher, got the win pitching the final two innings.
Sadoian(3-for-5,R,RBI,2-2B) and Rodland(3-for-5,RBI,3B) tied for game-high honors with three hits each. Rodriguez(2-for-4,2R,RBI) contributed two hits to the Pack’s 13 hit attack. Six different Nevada players drove in a run in the game.
Seven different UCI hitters collected a hit in the game. Ollie Linton, Ben Orloff and Bell each drove in two in the game.
The final game of the three-game season opening series is scheduled for noon on Sunday.