Wolf Pack Win Sixth WAC Game In A Row Downing Hawai`i 11-7
April 9, 2005
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(16-11, 6-2 WAC) won its sixth consecutive Western Athletic Conference game of the season downing the University of Hawai`i(15-20, 3-8 WAC) 11-7 on Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park in Reno. With the victory the Wolf Pack improved to 17-11 overall and 6-2 in conference play while the Rainbows dropped to 15-20 on the season and 3-8 in WAC action. Currently the Pack sit atop the WAC standings.
In the bottom of the first inning Nevada scored a single run on two hits to take an early 1-0 lead. Shortstop Robert Marcial singled with one down to get things started. Marcial then stole second base and moved to third on the play after the ball was thrown into center field. With two out first baseman Ben Mummy delivered the RBI double.
UH took the lead with three runs on three hits in the top of the second inning. Rainbow catcher Esteban Lopez cleared the bases with a double to right center field to give UH the 3-1 advantage. In the bottom of the second inning Nevada made it a one-run contest. Designated hitter Baker Krukow drew a walk to start the inning and scored when left fielder Matt Bowman followed with an RBI double.
In the top of the fifth inning Nevada tied the game with a single run on two hits. Second baseman Carlos Madrid and catcher Brett Hayes started the inning with back to back singles. Marcial's successful sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position and center fielder Jacob Butler's sacrifice fly to left field tied the game at 3-3.
The Pack went in front for good with a pair of runs in the bottom sixth inning. Krukow started the inning with a double and with two down Madrid's single scored the first run of the inning. Hayes followed with an RBI double down the left field line that made the score 5-3.
The Rainbows made it a one-run game in the top of the seventh. First baseman Adam Roberts leadoff the inning with a double and later scored on shortstop Joe Spiers RBI single that made it 5-4.
In the bottom of the eighth inning Nevada broke open the game scoring six unearned runs on three hits. Mummy drove in two runs with a single and right fielder Shawn Scobee cleared the bases with a three-run homer down the left field line to make the score 11-4. UH got a three-run homer from second baseman Isaac Omura in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 11-7.
Ryan Rodriguez(7-2) won his career high seventh game of the season pitching seven innings. Rodriguez allowed four runs on 10 hits and struck out seven in the game. Reliever Chris Scott(1) pitched the final two innings to earn his first career save. Colby Summer(1-3) was tagged with the loss allowing five runs on 12 hits in six innings on the mound.
Madrid(3-for-4,3R,RBI) had a team high three hits and three runs scored for Nevada. Hayes(2-for-5,RBI), Butler(2-for-3,R,RBI), Mummy(2-for-4,R,3RBI), Krukow(2-for-4,2R), and Bowman(2-for-4,RBI) added two hits apiece to the 15 hit attack. Mummy and Scobee finished with three RBI each. Scobee's home run was his team high seventh of the season.
Omura(3-for-5,R,3RBI) led UH with three hits. Left fielder Nathan Thurber(2-for-4), and Lopez(2-for-4,R,3RBI) contributed two hits each to the offensive output. Omura, and Lopez had three RBI each in the game for the Rainbows.
Nevada will be going for the series sweep on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.