Colton Pitches Nevada To A 10-5 Victory Over San Francisco
Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada(16-14) junior Ben Colton(1-1) earned his first victory in the Silver & Blue tossing seven inning as the Wolf Pack defeated San Francisco(14-13) in a nonconference game on Tuesday afternoon at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. by a score of 10-5. With the victory the Pack have won 10 consecutive home games and are now 16-14 while the Dons dropped to 14-13 on the season.
Trailing 3-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning the Pack scored six runs and never trailed in winning the game. Third baseman Tyson Jaquez tied the game at 3-3 blasting his first home run of the season. Second baseman David Ciarlo followed with a double and shortstop Chris Siewert reached base with a perfectly placed bunt to put runners on the corners. Center fielder Nick Sansone's ground out put the Pack on top 4-3. First baseman Shaun Kort singled home Siewert and pinch hitter Terry Walsh also singled as two runners were on for right fielder Dan Eastham. Eastham homered to left center field to make the score 8-3. It was Eastham's first home run of the season.
In the bottom of the sixth inning consecutive doubles by Walsh, Eastham, and catcher Baker Krukow scored two more runs as the Pack now led 10-3. USF scored two in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 10-5. Pinch hitter Bobby Ethel tripled and pinch hitter Tavo Hall drove him home with a single. The third consecutive pinch hitter for the Dons, Chris Bacigalup doubled home the second run of the inning but Jordan Salazar retired three of the next four USF hitters to end the game.
In the first inning USF scored a run after left fielder Jonnie Knoble walked and touched home plate on right fielder Luke Sommer's double. In the bottom of the second inning Krukow walked and eventually scored on Ciarlo's single to tie the game at one apiece.
Dons' center fielder Lucas Delong homered in the top of the third inning but Pack designated hitter Jacob Kaup was equal to the challenge blasting his first round tripper of the year in the bottom of the inning to again tie the game. USF catcher Daniel Morales broke the tie with his solo home run in the top of the fourth inning before the Pack took control in the bottom of the inning putting six runs on the scoreboard on the way to the victory.
Colton(1-1) allowed three runs on six hits and struck out three in seven innings to earn the victory. USF starter Mitchell Bialosky(0-4) was the loser after giving up five runs on six hits in 3.1 innings on the mound.
Eastham(2-for-5,2R,4RBI), Walsh(2-for-3,2R), and Krukow(2-for-3,R,RBI) had two hits apiece. Eastham drove in a career high four with three coming on his first home run of the season. Kaup and Jaquez each hit their first career home run in the game for the Pack with both being solo shots.
Morales(2-for-4,R,RBI) and Delong(2-for-4,R,RBI) had two hits and an RBI each coming on their solo home runs to lead USF offensively.
Notes: Nevada has won 10 in a row at home.