Nevada Fails To Hold Late Lead And Fall 6-5 To No. 24 USC
March 18, 2005
Irvine, Calif. - The University of Nevada(9-8) was unable to hold a late lead as 24th ranked USC(11-6) rallied to down the Wolf Pack 6-5 in 10 innings in game one at the UC Irvine Tournament in Irvine, Calif. Friday afternoon in a game that was played during rain showers. The loss was the third in a row for Nevada and fourth in five games leaving them at 9-8 while the Trojans improved to 11-6 on the year.
USC designated hitter Cyle Hankard's single to right field scored Trojan All-America catcher Jeff Clement with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete the comeback. Clement started the inning with a single and third baseman Billy Hart followed with a bloop single to center field. Second baseman Matt Cusick's ground out to second base put runners on the corners for Hankard who delivered the game winning hit.
Nevada got two-run homers from first baseman Ben Mummy and second baseman David Ciarlo in the top of the second inning to jump to a 4-0 lead. Mummy's home run scored center fielder Jacob Butler who started the inning with a single and Ciarlo's scored designated hitter Baker Krukow who reached via the walk.
In the bottom of the third inning USC got on the board scoring a single run on two hits. Center fielder Daniel Parales started the inning with a single and scored on Lucas Duda's RBI double to make it 4-1. The Pack got the run back in the top of the fifth when shortstop Robert Marcial walked and later scored on Butler's RBI single and the Wolf Pack again led by four at 5-1.
The Trojans added a single run in the bottom of the sixth to again pull within three at 5-2. Clement delivered an RBI double to right field that scored Darin Vierira who reached on a single to account for the run.
In the bottom of the eighth USC scored three runs on two hits to tie the game at 5-5. The Pack bullpen struggled in relief of starter Tim Schoeninger as they walked three Trojan hitters in the inning, two scored and one came with the bases loaded which plated a run. Neither team scored in the ninth inning sending the game into the 10th where USC prevailed 6-5.
Schoeninger(2-3) was outstanding allowing just one run in his seven innings on the mound and struck out four but received no decision in the game. USC All-America pitcher Ian Kennedy surrendered five runs in five innings but got off the hook as the Trojans came back to win the game.
Nevada reliever Wesley Dorsett(0-1) took the loss allowing the run in the 10th inning. Trojan closer Paul Koss(2-0) tossed two hitless scoreless innings to get the win and improve to 2-0 on the season.
Butler(2-for-4,R,RBI) had a team high two hits for the Pack. Mummy(1-for-4,R,2RBI,HR), and Ciarlo(1-for-4,R,2RBI,HR) drove in two runs each with their two-run homers in the second inning.
Hankerd(3-for-4,2RBI) led USC with three hits and two RBI in the game. Clement(2-for-4,2R,RBI) had two hits and scored two runs on the day.
Saturday the Pack take on the host UC Irvine Anteaters at 6:00 p.m. UCI played Stony Brook in Friday's late game.