Nevada Completes Series Sweep With 4-3 Win At Louisiana Tech
April 2, 2005
Ruston, La. - The University of Nevada(15-10, 3-2 WAC) hit three home runs and held off Louisiana Tech(11-20, 3-6) in winning 4-3 to complete a three-game Western Athletic Conference series sweep of the Bulldogs at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, La. Saturday afternoon. The win was the 11th in a row for the Wolf Pack over LTU. With the victory the Pack stand at 15-10 on the season and 4-2 in conference play while LTU is 11-20 on the year and 3-6 in WAC action.
In the top of the first inning the Pack got some help from LTU pitcher Andrew Lassere to score three unearned runs. With one down catcher Brett Hayes grounded back to Lassere who threw the ball over the head of his first baseman and Hayes went to second base. Center fielder Jacob Butler was then retired on a fly ball to left field bringing first baseman Ben Mummy to the plate. Mummy belted a pitch over the left field wall that hit the newly constructed apartments and the Pack led 2-0. Right fielder Shawn Scobee hit the very next pitch over the center field fence to make it 3-0 after one half inning of play.
Neither team scored until the top of the fifth inning when Butler homered over the right field fence and the Pack held a 4-0 advantage. The home run was the 30th of his career and moved him into a tie for sixth place all-time in school history.
In the bottom of the sixth inning LTU scored three runs on four hits to make it a one run game at 4-3. Designated hitter Ben Tabor homered over the right field fence to start the inning and put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. Third baseman Ryan Hamilton followed with a double, and right fielder Gil Laird was hit by pitch. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position for left fielder Brian Rike. Pack starter Travis Sutton struck out right for the second out of the inning but pinch hitter Brandon Hudson delivered an RBI single and the Nevada lead was cut in half at 4-2. A wild pitch plated the third run of the inning. Sutton got second baseman Brandon Haygood to lineout to second base to end the inning a preserve the slim one run advantage at 4-3 which proved to be the final score as Pack reliever Matt Renfree pitched two scoreless hitless innings to earn his first career save.
Sutton(1-2) struck out six in seven innings and allowed three runs to get his first win of the season. Renfree(1) walked two but did not allow a hit or run in his two innings on the mound to get the save. Lassere(1-4) suffered his fourth loss of the season after allowing four runs, one earned in four innings of action.
Nine different Nevada batters collected a hit in the game. Mummy(1-5,R,2RBI), Scobee(1-for-4,R,RBI), and Butler(1-for-5,R,RBI) hit home runs with Mummy's being a two-run shot. Tabor(2-for-4,R,RBI) had a game high two hits for LTU with the first being a home run.
Nevada returns to action on Tuesday when they host Cal at Peccole Park in Reno with first pitch slated for 2:00 p.m.