Pack Rally To For 7-6 Victory Over Louisiana Tech In Saturday's First Game
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(11-8, 3-0 WAC) baseball team rallied for a 7-6 victory over Louisiana Tech(13-9, 0-3 WAC) in the first game of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader at Peccole Park Saturday afternoon. With the victory the Wolf Pack have won the first three games of the series to start WAC play at 3-0 and are 11-8 on the season. The Bulldogs dropped to 0-3 in conference play and 13-9 on the year.
Trailing 6-3 Nevada scored four times in the bottom of the fifth inning to go in front 7-6 and reliever Derek Achelpohl(1-0) silenced the Tech bats tossing 6.1 shutout innings to win his first game in the Silver & Blue.
First baseman Shaun Kort singled to start the fifth inning and a walk to designated hitter Terry Walsh chased Tech starter Luke Burnett from the game. Right fielder Mike Hale doubled off the reliever Andrew Lassere to score Kort with the first run of the inning. Shortstop Kevin Rodland singled home the second run of the inning to pull the Pack within one at 6-5. A balk allowed Hale to score the tying run as Rodland moved to second base. Rodland stole third base and scored the winning run on catcher Tyson Jaquez' sacrifice fly.
Tech scored a run in the second inning on second baseman Drew Bunting's double to get on the board first. The Pack moved in front with a three-run bottom of the second inning. Second baseman Nick Leid drove in the first run with a double and left fielder Matt Bowman scored two with a single.
A five-run top of the third inning put the Bulldogs in front 6-3. Designated hitter Jericho Jones drove in two with a triple and third baseman Chris Kersten hit a solo home run in the big Tech inning. That would be the last runs in the game for the Bulldogs as they were held scoreless the final six innings of the game as Nevada rallied for the 7-6 victory.
Achelpohl(1-0) struck out eight and walked just one in 6.1 shutout innings to get the win in relief. Lassere(0-1) was tagged with the loss allowing two runs on six hits in 3.2 innings on the mound.
Center fielder Jason Sadoian(2-for-5), Bowman(2-for-5,2RBI), Hale(2-for-4,R,RBI) and second base Nick Leid(2-for-3,R,RBI) led Nevada with two hits each. Bowman drove in a team-high two in the game.
Bunting(3-for-4) led Tech with three hits and drove in a run. Right fielder Clay Alexander(2-for-5,R) and Jones(2-for-5,R,2RBI) added two hits apiece. Jones had two of the Bulldogs six RBI in the game.