Ciarlo Drives In Winning Run In The Bottom Of The Seventh Inning To Give Pack 9-8 Victory
Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada(12-12) junior second baseman David Ciarlo drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to break an 8-8 tie as the Wolf Pack defeated Utah Valley State(5-13) 9-8 in the second-game of a three-game series at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. With victory the Pack win the series after shutting out the Wolverines 11-0 on Friday and will go for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon. Nevada has now won seven in a row at home and are 12-12 on the season while UVSC stands at 5-13 on the year.
After the Wolverines scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 8-8 the Pack responded by scoring the winning run in the bottom half of the inning. Consecutive singles with one down by left fielder Mike Hale, right fielder Matt Suleski, and Ciarlo led to the winning run. The Wolverines turned their second double play of the game to keep the Pack from extending their advantage.
Nevada scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to take the 1-0 lead. Leadoff hitter Nick Sansone tripled to left center field to get the inning started. With one out designated hitter Jacob Kaup hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Sansone with the first run of the game.
The Wolverines collected a pair of hits in the third inning to tie the game at 1-1. Right fielder Dick Bargewell and catcher Kevin Arendse each singled to start the inning. A successful sacrifice bunt by second baseman Keiki Albino moved both runners into scoring position for center fielder Scott Crowshaw. Crowshaw's ground out to shortstop scored Bargewell with the tying run.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Nevada sent 10 men to the plate and six scored to put them in front 7-1. Five different Pack hitters drove in a run and catcher Konrad Schmidt drove in two with his double. First baseman Dan Eastham came to the plate twice in the inning and collected a pair of singles. Schmidt drove in his third run of the game in bottom of the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Sansone who singled to start the inning to make the score 8-1.
UVSC sent 11 hitters to the plate in the top of the seventh and seven scored to tie the game at 8-8. Albino's bases clearing triple scored the first three runs of the big inning. Crowshaw, shortstop Eli Slesk, and third baseman Jace Brinkerhoff also drove in runs in the inning while the other run scored on an error.
Nevada starter Rod Scurry pitched well but received a no decision after the Wolverines tied the game after he left the mound. In six innings Scurry allowed three runs on six hits and left with the Pack on top 8-1. Reliever Kody Keroher(3-1) got the win pitching 2.1 innings of one hit scoreless relief. UVSC reliever Turreal Moore(0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on six hits in 2.2 innings.
Sansone(4-for-4,2R,3B,RBI) finished with a career and game-high four hits while he also scored two runs and drove in one. Third baseman Jason Rodriguez(3-for-4,R,RBI) finished with three hits, a run scored, and an RBI. Eastham(2-for-4), Hale(2-for-4,2R), and Suleski(2-for-3,R) each contributed two hits as the Pack totaled 16 in the game. Schmidt drove in three on the day.
Brinkerhoff(2-for-4,R,RBI), Bargewell(2-for-4,2R), and Arendse(2-for-3,R) had two hits each to lead the Wolverines. Albino(1-for-2,R,3RBI) drove in three with his bases clearing triple in the seventh inning.
The final game of the series is Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Notes: Nevada has won seven in a row at home.
Nick Sansone’s four hits is tied for the most by a Pack hitter this season.