Rodriguez Sets On School Record Ties Another In Nevada's 9-2 Victory Over SJSU
Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada(21-18, 5-5 WAC) senior pitcher Ryan Rodriguez set one school record and tied another in the Wolf Pack’s 9-2 victory over San Jose State(22-13, 3-4 WAC) in the first-game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Peccole Park on Friday evening in Reno, Nev. With the win the Pack are now 5-5 in conference play and 21-18 overall while the Spartans fell to 22-13 on the season and 3-4 in conference play.
Rodriguez set the school with his third strikeout of the game in the top of the fourth inning. His strikeout of SJSU third baseman Karson Klauer gave him 303 career strikeouts passing the previous school mark of 302 held by current New York Yankee Darrell Rasner(2000-02). His eight strikeouts versus SJSU tonight brings his career total to 308. Tonight’s win was the 28th of Rodriguez career which ties Rasner for the most by a Nevada pitcher. Rodriguez also holds the school mark with 364.1 career innings pitched which ranks him 10th in WAC history.
The Pack scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to go in front 2-0. Left fielder Terry Walsh delivered a two-out two-RBI single with the bases loaded that scored center fielder Jason Sadoian who walked to start the game and third baseman Jason Rodriguez who followed with a single. Nevada added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 3-0. Sadoian doubled and scored on first baseman Shaun Kort's RBI single.
SJSU collected five consecutive hits to start the top of the sixth inning and two runners came around to scored to pull the Spartans within a run at 3-2. Klauer drove the first run with an infield hit and pinch hitter Greg Fyfe plated the other with his infield single. In total the Spartans collected three infield hits in the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning the Pack got one of the runs back. Right fielder Matt Suleski singled with one down and scored on Chris Siewert's single to center field after the ball got away from Spartans center fielder Donato Giovanatto.
Nevada broke open a close game in the bottom of the seventh inning sending eight hitters to the plate and five scored. Suleski drove in two with his single and second baseman David Ciarlo scored two more with his double. The fifth run scored courtesy of a Spartan error as the Pack led by the final score of 9-2.
Rodriguez(5-5) evened his season record at 5-5 allowing two runs on a 12 hits while recording eight strikeouts in eight innings of action. The 12 hits allowed to SJSU were a season high. Jarad Mitchell pitched a scoreless ninth for the Wolf Pack striking out two. Greg Shannon(4-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season after giving up four runs on eight hits in his six innings on the mound.
Kort(2-for-5,RBI), Walsh(2-for-3,2RBI), and Suleski(2-for-4,2R,2RBI) had two hits each to lead the Pack. Walsh, Suleski, and Ciarlo drove in two runs apiece.
SJSU outfielder Donato Giovanatto(3-for-4,R) and first baseman Sonny Garza(3-for-3) tied for game-high honors with three hits apiece. Second baseman Marcus McKimmy(2-for-5) and shortstop Kyle Bellows(2-for-4,R) contributed two hits each. Klauer and Fyfe scored the Spartans runs in the game with their infield singles.
Game two of the series is slated for Saturday evening at Peccole Park with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m.