Nevada Scores Seven In The Eighth Inning To Complete Doubleheader Sweep With 9-5 Victory
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(16-13, 7-4 WAC) baseball team scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat New Mexico State University(14-15, 4-3 WAC) 9-5 and complete a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep at Peccole Park on Saturday afternoon. With the victory the Wolf Pack are now 7-4 in WAC action and 16-13 on the season while the Aggies now stand at 4-3 in conference play and 14-15 on the season. Nevada won Saturday's first game 8-5 while NMSU won Friday night 6-4.
Trailing 5-2 Nevada sent 10 players to the plate and seven scored in the eighth inning to go in front 9-5. All seven runs scored after the first out of the inning had been recorded. Second baseman David Ciarlo got the inning started with a walk and shortstop Kevin Rodland followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Rodland promptly stole second base and catcher Tyson Jaquez singled home both runs to pull the Pack within one at 5-4. Center fielder Jason Sadoian's single again but runners on the corners for left fielder Matt Bowman. A balk scored Jaquez with the tying run as Sadoian moved to second base. Bowman singled home Sadoian and stole second base to get into scoring position for third baseman Jason Rodriguez who also singled home a run. Designated hitter Terry Walsh then hit his second home run of the game and third of the doubleheader to make the final score 9-5.
Nevada scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning when Sadoian doubled and scored on an error and it was 1-0. NMSU tied the game in the second inning when right fielder Marcos Rosales was hit by pitch with the bases loaded.
Walsh put the Pack back on top with his solo home run in the third and it was 2-1. The Aggies got a leadoff double from shortstop Richard Stout in the top of the fifth inning and he scored groundout to tie the score at 2-2.
NMSU scored three times in the top of the sixth to take a 5-2 lead. Second baseman Bryan Marquez drove in the first run and pinch hitter Joe Leghorn's double scored the other two runs but that would be all the scoring for the Aggies as the Pack rallied in the eighth inning for the 9-5 victory. Nevada reliever Mario Rivera retired the side in the ninth to preserve the win.
Reliever Chris Garcia(1-3) pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to record his first victory in the Silver & Blue. Dillon Smith(0-2), the third of five pitchers used by NMSU, suffered the loss allowing two runs and did not retire a hitter in the game.
Bowman(3-for-5,R,RBI) led the offense with three hits and drove in a run. Sadoian(2-for-5,2R), Rodriguez(2-for-4,R,RBI) and Walsh(2-for-4,2R,3RBI) added two hits each. Walsh drove in three runs with the first two home run game of his career and Jaquez scored two with his single.
Aggie designated hitter Tyler Hardt(2-for-5,R) led NMSU with two hits and Leghorn topped the team with two RBI.
The four-game series concludes on Sunday afternoon with a single game scheduled for 1:00 p.m.