March 25, 2005
Houston, Texas - The University of Nevada(11-9, 0-1 WAC) lost its Western Athletic Conference opener to Rice(17-8, 1-3 WAC) 11-2 on Friday evening at Reckling Park in Houston. The Wolf Pack fell to 11-9 on the season and 0-1 in conference play while the 14th ranked Owls improved to 17-8 on the year and 1-3 in WAC action.
Rice scored five unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back on the way to the easy victory. After Pack starter Tim Schoeninger(2-4) retired the first two hitters a costly error by second baseman David Ciarlo opened the flood gates as RU second baseman Josh Rodriguez would go on to hit a grand slam in the inning as the Owls led 5-0 after one inning of play.
RU added a single run in the third inning, and four more in the fifth inning to take a 10-0 lead and the Pack still were looking for their first hit of the game. Rodriguez hit a solo home run, his second of the game, as part of the four-run fourth inning.
Center fielder Jacob Butler collected Nevada's first hit of the game in the top of the sixth inning with two down and first baseman Ben Mummy followed with an RBI double to get the Pack on the scoreboard. Rice countered with a single run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Pack scored a single run in the top of the eighth inning when shortstop Robert Marcial, who reached on a single, scored on Butler's sacrifice fly to make the final score11-2.
RU starter Josh Geer was outstanding pitching eight innings to get the win and improve to 6-1 on the season. Geer started the game by pitching 5.2 hitless innings. Schoeninger suffered the loss allowing eight runs but just three were earned in his shortest outing of the season going just 4.2 innings on the mound.
Rodriguez(4-for-4,3R,5RBI,2B,2HR) had a career night for the Owls with four hits in four at bats, three runs scored, five RBI, a double, and two home runs including the grandslam. Center fielder Tyler Henley(2-for-6,R,RBI) and first baseman Joe Savery(2-for-4,R,RBI) added two hits to the attack.
Mummy(2-for-3,RBI) had two of Nevada's five hits in the game and drove in a run. Designated hitter Baker Krukow(0-for-3) had his hit streak snapped at 13-games after going hitless in three at bats.
Game two of the three-game WAC series is scheduled for noon Pacific time at Reckling Park in Houston on Saturday.