Ciarlo Leads Nevada To First Win Of The Season 10-6 Over UT Arlington In The Final Game At Southwest Diamond Classic

Frisco, Texas The University of Nevada(1-5) baseball team won its first game of the season following a 10-6 victory over UT Arlington(3-6) on the final day of the Southwest Diamond Classic being played at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.  Senior second baseman David Ciarlo finished with a game-high three hits and drove in three runs in the game as the Pack improved to 1-5 while UTA dropped to 3-6 on the season.


The Mavericks scored a run in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead.  Left fielder David McLeod started the game with a single and second baseman Justin McPherson drew a walk.  A ground ball to short resulted in the first out of the inning as McLeod moved to third base.  The Pack were unable to turn a double play on a ground ball off the bat of first baseman Dan Slinkman as Nevada second baseman David Ciarlo’s throw was off the mark and McLeod scored the first run of the game.


Nevada scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning to go in front 4-1.  An error by McLeod on a fly ball off the bat of left fielder Mike Hale allowed for the big Pack inning as designated hitter Matt Bowman who started the inning with a single came around to score.  Second baseman David Ciarlo delivered the big blow of the inning blasting his second home run of the classic to left field that scored catcher Tyson Jaquez after he had reached on a fielder’s choice.


In the top of the fifth inning UTA scored a pair of runs to close the gap to 4-3.  Both runs scored on ground ball outs.  The Pack responded with two runs in the bottom the inning to make the score 6-3.  Third baseman Jason Rodriguez drove in Ciarlo, who started the inning by walking with the first run of the inning and first baseman Shaun Kort’s sacrifice fly scored center fielder Jason Sadoian after he had singled behind Ciarlo.


A three-run top of the sixth inning by the Mavericks tied the score at 6-6.  Center fielder Michael Choice drove in the final two runs with a double to right center field and shortstop Jay Pitschka plated the other with his RBI single.  Nevada again responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to regain the lead 8-6.  Pinch hitter Nick Lead singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch where he scored on right fielder Dan Eastham’s RBI single.  After catcher Tyson Jaquez bunted Eastham to second base Ciarlo drove in his third run of the game with a solid single and the Pack were on top by two.


Nevada scored two more in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend the lead to four runs.  Back-to-back walks to shortstop Kevin Rodland and Rodriguez got the inning started.  On a wild pitch Rodland scored from second base and Rodriguez scampered into third base.  Kort drove in his second run of the game with an RBI single to make the final score 10-6.


Stephen Bautista(1-1) got the win for the Pack allowing three runs on four hits in the final 4.1 innings of the game.  Mark Picca(0-1) was tagged with the loss for UTA giving up the go ahead run in two-thirds of an inning.


Ciarlo(3-for-3,2R,3RBI,HR) posted game-highs with three hits and three RBI.  In the second inning he blasted his second home run of the classic to score two runs.  Kort(1-for-3,2RBI) drove in two runs in the game with sacrifice fly and RBI single.


McLeod(2-for-5,R), Choice(2-for-4,2RBI) and designated hitter Steffan Guest(2-for-4) led UTA with two hits apiece.  Choice and Slinkman topped the Mavericks with two RBI apiece.


Nevada returns home to begin a 15-game homestand on Tuesday with a double-header versus Cal State Monterey Bay starting at 2:00 p.m.