Nevada Scores In Every Inning To Defeat Louisiana Tech 14-3 In 7-innings
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(10-8, 2-0 WAC) baseball team scored in every inning on Friday night at Peccole Park to defeat Louisiana Tech(13-8, 0-2 WAC) 14-3 in a Western Athletic Conference game that ended after seven innings due to the conference’s 10-run rule that was just implemented this season. The Wolf Pack is now 2-0 in WAC action after winning 11-6 on Thursday and stand at 10-8 on the season. The Bulldogs dropped to 0-2 in conference play and 13-8 on the year.
The game ended with one down in the bottom of the seventh inning when first baseman Shaun Kort blasted a home run over the right field fence that also scored left fielder Matt Bowman who started the inning with a single and the game was halted at 14-3.
Kort delivered a two-out RBI single in the first inning to put Nevada in front 1-0. Two more runs in the second inning came on catcher Travis Simas’ triple and second baseman Nick Leid’s RBI single.
The Bulldogs made it a one run game in the third inning when shortstop Nick Grunenwald hit a two-run homer to make the score 3-2. Bowman got the run back leading off the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run. Three more unearned runs scored in the third with two coming on shortstop Kevin Rodland’s triple and the final run of the inning scored on Simas’ single.
Tech scored for the final time in the game in the top of the fourth inning when Grunenwald singled home left fielder Patrick Thomas who drew a walk.
Nevada added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to extend its lead to 9-3. Rodland hit a three-run shot in the bottom of this sixth and it was all Pack at 12-3 before Kort delivered the final blow with the two-run shot in the seventh.
Pack starter Rod Scurry(3-2) won his third consecutive start allowing three runs on four hits and tied his career-high with nine strikeouts in five innings on the mound. Reliever Ryan Iodence came out of the bullpen to pitch the final two innings and struck out four as the two pitchers combined to strikeout 13 Bulldog hitters. Tech starter Alan Knotts(2-1) lost for the first time this season giving up eight runs, five earned in 3.1 innings of action.
Bowman(4-for-5,3R,2RBI) led Nevada with a game-high four hits, scored three runs and drove in two. Third baseman Jason Rodriguez(3-for-5,R,RBI) had three hits and drove in one. Kort(2-for-4,R,3RBI), right fielder Mike Hale(2-for-4,3R), Rodland(2-for-4,2R,5RBI) and Simas(2-for-4,R,2RBI) added two hits each as the Pack totaled 18 in the game.
Bowman, Rodland and Kort all hit home runs in the game. Rodland drove in a game-high five on the night.
Grunenwald(3-for-3,R,3RBI) led Tech with three hits and drove in all three Bulldog runs.
The four-game series concludes Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader that gets started at 1:00 p.m.
Note: Senior second baseman David Ciarlo was scratched from the starting lineup just prior to first pitch due to illness which snaps a streak of 88 consecutive starts at second base and 113 consecutive games played at Nevada. The last game in which he did not play was May 28, 2005.