Nevada Takes Game Two From Louisiana Tech 7-5
April 1, 2005
Ruston, La. - The University of Nevada(14-10, 3-2 WAC) got two home runs from right fielder Shawn Scobee and Ryan Rodriguez won his sixth game of the season as the Wolf Pack defeated Louisiana Tech(11-19, 3-5 WAC) 7-5 in a Western Athletic Conference game at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, La. Friday night. The Pack have won the first two games of the series after taking Thursday's game 11-5 and are 14-10 on the season and 3-2 in WAC play while LTU is 11-19 on the year and 3-5 in conference play. Nevada has now won 10 in a row from the Bulldogs.
LTU scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead after an inning of play. With one out Bulldog center fielder Adam Cobb struckout but reached base on a passed ball and one hitter later third baseman Ryan Hamilton hit a two-run homer to stake LTU to the 2-0 lead.
Scobee hit his first home run of the game in the top of the second to make the score 2-1. In the top of the fourth inning the Pack scored five runs on four hits to take the lead for good. Designated hitter Baker Krukow had an RBI single in the inning and third baseman Eric Newman drove home two as Nevada led 6-2.
Bulldog left fielder Brian Rike belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to make it a two run game at 6-4. Hamilton delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning and it was a one-run contest at 6-5.
Scobee hit his second home run of the game and third of the series in the top of the eighth inning to make the final score 7-5. Pack closer Wesley Dorsett pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to preserve the win.
Rodriguez(6-2) struck out 10 in 6.2 innings on the mound to win his sixth of the season. The six wins surpassed the five he won last year as a freshman. Dorsett(5) saved his WAC leading fifth game of the year. Clayton Meyer(3-5) suffered the loss falling to 3-5 after allowing six runs, four earned in seven innings on the mound .
Scobee(2-for-3,2R,2RBI), and Eric Newman(2-for-4,R,2RBI) had two hits and two RBI each in the game. Scobee's two RBI came on his two solo home runs and his five home runs on the year has tied him with Ben Mummy for the team lead.
Hamilton(3-for-5,R,3RBI) and Rike(3-for-5,R,2RBI) had three hits each for the Bulldogs. Hamilton had three RBI and Rike added two as both hit two run homers in the game.
The series finale is slated to get underway at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday in Ruston, La.