Las Vegas, Nevada – Trailing 6-5 after seven innings the University of Nevada (7-10) baseball team scored six times in the eighth inning and three more runs in the ninth to defeat UNLV (11-7) 14-6. The win was the 10th in the last 11 games for the Wolf Pack over their intrastate rivals. With the victory the Pack improved to 7-11 while the Rebels dropped to 11-7.
Nevada led 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning but the Rebels scored three runs on four hits to move in front 6-5. The Pack responded with their best inning of the season scoring six runs on four hits to regain the lead 11-6. Shortstop Kevin Rodland drove in two with his single and first baseman Shaun Kort plated a pair with his double. Center fielder Westley Moss and designated hitter Brock Stassi had RBI singles as part of the big inning. In total Nevada sent 11 hitters to the plate.
In the top of the ninth inning the Pack scored three more runs to make the final score 14-6. Stassi drove in two with a single and Kort doubled home the third run of the inning.
Reliever Tyler Graham (1-2) earned the win retiring one hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning. Matt Hutchinson (1-1) was tagged with the loss giving up two runs on two hits in 2.2 innings of action.
The Pack totaled season-highs with 14 runs and 18 hits in the game. Stassi (4-for-6,2,4RBI) led five Pack players that had multiple hits on the night with a career-high four hits and four RBI. Kort(3-for-4,4RBI), Rodland(3-for-6,3R,2RBI) and catcher Travis Somas(3-for-3,4R) had three hits apiece while Moss(2-for-5,2R,2RBI) totaled two. Stassi and Kort tied for game-high honors with four RBI each.
UNLV center fielder J.J. Sferra(3-for-5,R) and right fielder Jesse Wight(3-for-5,R) had three hits each to top the Rebels who totaled 14 hits in the game.
Nevada continues on to Irvine, Calif. to play a three-game series with UC Irvine starting Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s games get underway at 1:00 p.m.