Wolf Pack Rally From 5-0 Deficit To Down No. 14 Rice 7-5
March 27, 2005
Houston, Texas - The University of Nevada(12-10, 1-2 WAC) rallied from a 5-0 deficit to down 14th ranked Rice(18-9, 2-4 WAC) 7-5 in the final game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Reckling Park in Houston on Easter Sunday. The victory was the first conference win of the season for the Wolf Pack and snapped an eight-game losing skid to the Owls. With the win Nevada is 12-10 on the season and 1-2 in conference play while RU is 18-9 and 2-4 in league play.
Trailing 5-0 after seven innings of play the Pack scored five unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game. All five runs scored after the first two hitters of the inning were retired. Center fielder Jacob Butler began the rally with a walk and first baseman Ben Mummy reached on an error as runners were on the corners. A passed ball scored Butler with the first run of the game and designated hitter Terry Walsh was hit by pitch. Derek McNeil came in to the game as a pinch runner for Walsh. Pinch hitter Shawn Scobee walked to load the bases for left fielder Matt Bowman who walked as the second run of the inning scored. Shortstop Eric Newman delivered a RBI single that made the score 5-3. Baker Krukow came off the bench and his single tied the game at 5-5.
In the top of the ninth the Pack took the lead for the first time in the three-game series scoring two runs on one hit. Third baseman Brett Hayes reached on a walk and Butler's single put runners on the corners. Mummy reached on a fielders choice as Hayes was cut down trying to score. A walk to McNeil loaded the bases for Scobee who was hit by pitch as the go ahead run scored. A balk on relief pitcher Lance Pendleton scored the second run of the inning and the Pack led 7-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth inning reliever Wesley Dorsett hit the first batter of the inning. The first out of the inning came on a fly ball to center field which was followed by an error that put runners at the corners. The Pack turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the game and complete the comeback.
Rice scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning and held a 3-0 advantage. Designated hitter Adam Rodgers' solo home run in the fifth inning gave the Owls a 4-0 lead. An RBI single by third baseman Greg Buchanan in the fifth inning made the score 5-0 before the Pack started the late inning rally.
Dorsett(1-1), native of Pittsburg, Texas, pitched two scoreless innings to get the win in front of numerious family members at the game. Starter Travis Sutton was solid in his six innings allowing four runs but just one was earned. Pendleton, the fifth Owl pitcher of the day, took the loss allowing the two runs in the ninth.
Newman(2-for-5,RBI) led Nevada with two hits in the game and also drove in a run. Five different Owl hitters had a hit in the game.
Nevada continues its 10-day road trip to the south traveling to Ruston, La. to take on Louisiana Tech beginning on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Pacific.