Six-Run Ninth Gives Pack 9-6 Victory Over San Francisco State
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada (10-6) baseball team got three-run homers from shortstop Kevin Rodland and left fielder Brian Barnett in the bottom of ninth inning to rally for a 9-6 victory over San Francisco State (9-15) on Wednesday afternoon at Peccole Park. The win was the 10th of the season for the Wolf Pack as they improved to 10-6 on the season while the Gators dropped to 9-15.
Trailing 6-3 going to the bottom of the ninth inning third baseman Nick Leid reached on an error then pinch hitter Waylen Sing Chow followed with a single. Rodland then tied the game hitting a 3-2 pitch over the center field wall to tie the game. Center fielder Westley Moss followed with a bunt single and moved to second base on a ground out. First baseman Shaun Kort was intentionally walked and Barnett blasted a 2-1 pitch over the center field fence to give the Pack the 9-6 victory.
After two scoreless innings SFSU scored a single run in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Kort and Barnett delivered RBI singles in the sixth inning to put the Pack on top 2-1. Third baseman Nick Leid's second home run of the season gave the Pack a two-run cushion at 3-1.
The Gators scored a single run in the top of the seventh inning to close the gap to a single run. SFSU got a three-run homer from third baseman Tyler Overstreet in the top of the eighth inning to put the Gators on top 5-3 and added an insurance run in the top of the ninth but were unable to hold the lead as the Pack rallied for the 9-6 victory.
Kort (3-for-4,2R,RBI) and Barnett (2-for-3,4RBI) led the Pack with three and two hits respectively. Barnett drove home four in the game and Rodland three.
First baseman Ryan Williams (2-for-4) led SFSU with a pair of hits and Overstreet topped the Gators with three RBI.
Reliever Jeremy Cole (1-0) won his first of the season pitching a scoreless inning. Nic Banaugh (0-1) took the loss allowing six runs, five earned in 1.1 innings on the mound.
Nevada returns to the road this weekend playing four games at Oregon starting Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. at PK Park in Eugene, Ore.