Rodriguez Pitches Nevada To 4-3 Victory Over Pacific
Feb. 25, 2006
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada's(4-7) rallied from a 2-0 deficit then held on for a 4-3 win over Pacific(8-4) in game-two of a three-game series at Peccole Park in Reno, Saturday afternoon. With the victory the Wolf Pack are now 4-7 while the Tigers fell to 8-4.
Pacific scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Second baseman Adam Ching started the game with a single and the center fielder Anthony Jackson was called out on batters interference for the first out of the inning. Right fielder Matt Berezay reached on a fielders choice as Ching was out at second base. Berezay advanced to second base on a passed ball and came around to score the first run of the game on third baseman Justin Baum's single. Baum drove in his second run of the game in the top of the third inning to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage.
Nevada got a two-out clutch hit from left fielder Matt Suleski in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Center fielder Durell Williams was hit by pitch to start the inning and designated hitter Matt Bowman delivered a single. Right fielder Shawn Scobee walked to load the bases for first baseman Matt Walsh. Walsh lined out to second base and Scobee was caught off first base as Pacific turned the double play. Suleski then laced a single to center field that scored both runs to pull the Pack even at 2-2.
The Pack took its first lead of the series scoring a pair of runs on two hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Second baseman David Ciarlo singled to get things started and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Jordan Opdyke. Third baseman Brian Joynt walked and with two out Williams worked a walk to load the bases for Bowman. Bowman's single to left field plated both runs in the inning to give Nevada a 4-2 advantage.
Pacific scratched out and unearned run in the top of the eighth inning to close within a run at 4-3. Ching ledoff the inning and reached on an error by Pack shortstop Leo Radkowski. Pack starter Ryan Rodriguez was then lifted as reliever Travis Sutton came out of the bullpen. Jackson singled to right field and Berezay walked to load the bases. Sutton struck out Baum to record the first out of the inning. Pinch hitter Jason Haar grounded to first baseman Dan Eastham who underhanded the ball home Opdyke to retire Ching. Designated hitter Brett Manning walked to force home a run but first baseman Will Brindza grounded back to Sutton and he tossed the ball to Eastham to halt any further scoring.
Rodriguez(2-2) was outstanding allowing three runs but just one was earned in seven innings on the mound. He struck out six and did not walk a batter to earn the victory and even his record at 2-2. Sutton(2) saved his second game of the season pitching two shutout innings and allowed just one hit.
Jake Wild(1-2) suffered the loss allowing four runs in four innings of action.
Bowman(3-for-4,R,2RBI) had a game-high three hits and drove in a pair. Ciarlo(2-for-4,R) collected a pair of hits in the game. Suleski drove in two with his single in third inning.
Baum(2-for-4,2RBI) had two hits and two RBI for Pacific.
Game-three of the series is slated for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park.