March 31, 2005
Ruston, La. - The University of Nevada(13-10, 2-2 WAC) got an outstanding pitching performance from Tim Schoeninger(2-4) combined it with timely hitting to down Louisiana Tech(11-18, 3-4 WAC) 11-5 in the first game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, La. Thursday night. With the win the Pack evened their conference mark at 2-2 and improved to 13-10 on the season while the Bulldogs fell to 3-4 in WAC play and 11-18 on the year.
With game tied at 2-2 Nevada scored 11 unanswered runs to take an 11-2 lead after seven innings of play. In the fourth the Pack broke the tie when left fielder Matt Bowman walked and later scored on third baseman Eric Newman's RBI single to take a 3-2 lead.
A two-run fifth made the score 5-2 and was followed by a four-run sixth inning as the Pack held a 9-2 advantage. Designated hitter Baker Krukow delivered an RBI single and right fielder Shawn Scobee had a two RBI double in the big sixth inning. First baseman Ben Mummy hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning that scored Nevada's final runs of the game.
While the Pack were putting runs on the scoreboard Schoeninger retired 14 LTU hitters in a row from the final out of the third inning to the first out in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Bulldogs scored a single run in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth to make the final score 11-5.
Newman(3-for-5,RBI) had three of Nevada's 12 hits in the game. Catcher Brett Hayes(2-for-6,2R,2RBI), and right fielder Shawn Scobee(2-for-5,R,3RBI) added two hits apiece. Scobee and Mummy both hit home runs and drove in three runs each on the night.
Seven different players had a hit for LTU in the game. Second baseman Brandon Haygood(1-for-4,R,2RBI) and third baseman Ryan Hamilton(1-for-4,R,2RBI) both hit two-run homers in the game for the Bulldogs.
Schoeninger pitched his second complete game of the season to improve to 2-4 on the season. He allowed five runs on seven hits and struck out five in the victory. Ryan Rupert(1-3) lost for the third time allowing five runs, four earned in four innings of action.
Game two of the three-game series is slated for 4:00 p.m. Pacific time on Friday evening in Ruston, La.