Nevada Ends Four-Game Skid With 11-5 Victory At Louisiana Tech
April 9, 2006
Ruston, La. - The University of Nevada(15-16, 5-4 WAC) snapped a four-game losing skid at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, La. on Sunday afternoon defeating Louisiana Tech(19-13, 5-3 WAC) in the final game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series by a score of 11-5. With the victory the Pack ended the Bulldogs win streak at eight games and avoided the three-game series sweep. The Wolf Pack are now 15-16 on the season and 5-4 in conference play while LTU dropped to 19-13 and 5-3 in league play.
In the bottom of the second inning LTU scored a run on two hits. Third baseman Ryan Hamilton singled with one down and scored on second baseman Amos Ramon's double down the left field line to stake the Bulldogs to a 1-0 lead. Nevada turned a double play to end the inning and keep LTU from doing anymore damage.
The Pack scored a pair of runs in the top of the third ining to go on top for good at 2-1. Designated hitter Matt Suleski struck out swinging but reached first base on a wild pitch. Left fielder Drew Johnson's sacrifice bunt moved him into scoring position for center fielder Durell Williams. Williams reached on a infield single to put runners on the corners for shortstop David Ciarlo. Ciarlo singled to center field as Suleski scored the tying run. Third baseman Matt Bowman followed with an RBI single to center field and the Pack were on top.
In the top of the fourth inning the Pack scored their third run of the game on two hits. Second baseman Leo Radkowski singled and moved to third base on Johson's single to right field. Radkowski scored the Pack's third run on a wild pitch.
A three-run top of the fifth inning put Nevada on top 6-1. First baseman Terry Walsh singled home Bowman with the first run of the inning and Radkowski walked with the bases loaded to force in right fielder Shawn Scobee with the second run. Suleski grounded to short and the Bulldogs tried to turn the double play to end the inning but he was safe at first base and Walsh scored the third run of the inning. Williams scored an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning on Bowman's sacrifice fly to make the score 7-1.
Three more runs in the top of the seventh inning and Nevada led by nine runs at 10-1. Catcher Baker Krukow started the inning with his first home run of the season. Bowman drove in Johnson and Williams with a bases loaded single that scored runs nine and 10. It was Bowman's third and fourth RBI of the game.
LTU scored a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Ramon singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Three Nevada errors in the bottom of the eighth inning led three unearned runs by the Bulldogs. Hamilton doubled in two of the runs in the inning and Jones the other.
In the top of the ninth inning Nevada got an RBI single from Shawn Scobee to score Johnson with the Pack's 11th run of the game to make the final score 11-5.
Nevada starter Ryan Rodriguez (4-4) improved to 4-4 on the season and 4-0 in his career versus LTU. Rodriguez allowed two runs on six hits and struck out a season high seven in the game. Reliever Steve Taylor pitched 1.2 innings and allowed two hits to close out the game for the Pack.
Bulldog starter Jericho Jones(5-1) lost for the first time this season after giving up five runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings on the mound.
Bowman(3-for-4,R,4RBI) finished with a game high three hits and four RBI. Scobee(2-for-4,R,RBI), Johnson(2-for-3,2R), and WIlliams(2-for-5,3R) added two hits apiece. Krukow belted his first home run of the season in the game.
Hamilton(2-for-4,2R,2RBI), Ramon(2-for-4,R,RBI), and Jones(2-for-2,RBI) each collected two hits for the Bulldogs.
Next action for the Pack is Friday at 6:00 p.m. when Hawai`i comes to Reno. The Pack and Rainbows will play a three-game series over the weekend at Peccole Park.