Schoeninger Pitches Pack To 9-1 Victory Over New Mexico State In WAC Opener
March 24, 2006
Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada(11-12, 1-0 WAC) senior right-handed pitcher Tim Schoeninger(3-2) pitched a complete game as the Wolf Pack opened Western Athletic Conference play with a 9-1 victory over New Mexico State(10-18, 0-1 WAC) in the first night game at Peccole Park on Friday evening in Reno. With the victory the Pack are 1-0 in conference play and 11-12 overall while the Aggies fell are 0-1 in WAC action and 10-18 overall.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Pack and the Aggies lost for the 10th consecutive time. Nevada's win streak is the longest since the 2004 season. The Wolf Pack is now tied atop the conference standings with SJSU and Fresno State with 1-0 records.
Schoeninger was dominating as he faced just 29 batters in the game, two over the minimum to improve to 3-2 on the season. He struck out a career and Pack pitcher season high 11 batters. At one point he struck out five in a row and six of seven. During one stretch of the game he retired 15 consecutive NMSU hitters.
The Aggies scored their only run of the game in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Vince Rodden tripled and scored on a ground out to second base to give NMSU the 1-0 lead. The Pack responded with four runs in their half of the first inning. First baseman Terry Walsh hit a three-run homer as part of the big inning. Schoeninger took over from their silencing the Aggies bats the rest of the way.
Nevada's second four-run inning came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Shortstop David Ciarlo, third baseman Matt Bowman, Walsh, and catcher Jordan Opdyke drove in runs in the inning. The Pack's final score of the game came in the bottom of the seventh inning when center fielder Durell Williams singled, stole second base and moved to third on a fly ball where he scored on Bowman's sacrifice fly to make the final score 9-1.
Walsh(4-for-5,2R,4RBI) finished with a game and career high four hits and equaled his career high with a game-high four RBI. Bowman(2-for-4,2R,2RBI), right fielder Shawn Scobee (2-for-4,R,RBI), and Williams(2-for-4,2R) had two hits apiece. Bowman extended his career high hit streak to eight games which is also the longest by a Pack player this season.
Beto Romo(1-1) was tagged with the loss after the Aggie left-hander allowed four runs on four hits in just one inning of action. Rodden collected all three Aggies hits on the night and scored their only run.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.