Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(4-6) baseball team fell to UC Riverside(4-9) by a score of 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. The two teams have split the first two games of the three-game series after the Wolf Pack won 10-5 on Friday. With the loss the Pack had their four-game winning streak snapped and are now 4-6 on the season while the Highlanders improved to 4-9.
UCR got a two-run homer from second baseman Drew Garcia in the top of the first inning to take an early 2-0 advantage. Garcia's home run scored leadoff hitter Carl Uhl who began the game with a single.
Nevada got one of the runs back in the bottom of the first when center fielder Jason Sadoian reached on a bad hop single, moved to second on a ground out and over to third base on a wild pitch. Sadoian scored on third baseman Jason Rodriguez' RBI single that landed just fair down the left field line. Pack catcher Tyson Jaquez tied the game at 2-2 with a solo home run to left center field in the bottom of the second inning but that would be the last run for Nevada in the game.
UCR regained the lead for good with a single run in the top of third inning when Uhl walked and came around to score on Garcia's double off the left center field wall. In the fifth Garcia drove in his fourth run of the game with a single to score third baseman Ben Price and it was 4-2.
The Highlanders added two more runs in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 6-2. With two down shortstop Bryan Horst singled and scored on Uhl’s RBI triple. Price then doubled to score Uhl with the final run of the game.
Pack starter Chris Garcia(0-2) lost for the second time this season allowing four runs on six hits in four innings of work. Garcia struggled with his control walking six and striking out two. Reliever Derek Achelpohl was solid retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced, with the one reaching on an error, before allowing the two runs in the ninth inning.
UCR starter Matt Larkins(2-1) got the win pitching seven strong innings as he surrendered two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks. After giving up the home run to Jaquez in the second inning he tossed five shutout innings.
Rodriguez(2-for-4,RBI) and second baseman David Ciarlo(2-for-3) had two hits apiece to lead the Pack. Rodriguez and Jaquez(1-for-2,R,RBI) accounted for the Pack’s two RBI. Ciarlo extended his team season-high hit streak to nine games while Rodriguez’ reached seven. Jaquez and Sadoian both extended hit streaks to six games on Saturday.
Garcia(3-for-5,R,4RBI) was the hitting star for the Highlanders with three hits and four RBI on the day. Uhl(2-for-4,3R,RBI) added two hits, scored three runs and drove in one.
The final game of the series will be played at noon on Sunday afternoon.