Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada(23-18, 7-5 WAC) junior pitcher Kyle Howe tossed 8.1 shutout innings as the Wolf Pack completed a three-game Western Athletic Conference series sweep of San Jose State(22-15, 3-6 WAC) with a 12-1 victory at Peccole Park Sunday afternoon in Reno, Nev. The game was carried live nationally on College Sports Television marking the first time the Pack had appeared on national television and it was also the first television game in the history of Peccole Park.
With the victory the Pack are now 7-5 in WAC play and 23-18 overall while the Spartans dropped to 3-6 in league play and 22-15 on the season. It marked the first three-game series sweep for the Pack against SJSU since 1986 with that coming at the Spartans home field to start the season and the first ever at Peccole Park. It was first time in WAC play Nevada had swept a three-game set from the Spartans.
Nevada scored six runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning and Howe did the rest as the Pack never looked back in winning easily 12-1. Center fielder Jason Sadoian was hit by pitch and third baseman Jason Rodriguez walked to start the game. After the first out had been recorded catcher Konrad Schmidt singled home Sadoian with the first run of the game. Designated hitter Jacob Kaup drew a walk as did left fielder Terry Walsh to force home the second run of the inning. That would be it for SJSU starter Tyler Fockler who was making his first collegiate start. Right fielder Mike Hale greeted reliever Brandon Hennessey by doubling down the left field line as two more runs scored. A ground out by shortstop Chris Siewert scored Walsh and second baseman David Ciarlo singled up the middle to plate Hale with the sixth run of the inning.
The scored remained 6-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning when Rodriguez singled home Ciarlo to make it 7-0. Walsh hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and it was 10-0. Kaup drove home two with his single in the bottom of the eighth inning as Nevada led 12-0 after eight innings.
Howe came out to start the top of the ninth inning and retired the first hitter he faced. Pinch hitter Greg Fyfe broke up the shutout when he hit a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall for his first home run of the season and Howe was lifted from the game. Reliever Jarad Mitchell came out of the bullpen to retire the next two hitters to end the game.
Howe(2-2) set career highs with six strikeouts and 8.1 innings pitched to earn his second win of the season allowing just six hits. Fockler(0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on three hits retiring just one hitter in the first inning.
Schmidt(3-for-5,3R,RBI) tallied a game-high three hits, scored three runs, and drove in one on the day. Walsh (1-for-3,2R,4RBI) drove in four in the game with three coming on his fourth home run of the season. Rodriguez(2-for-4,R,RBI), Kaup(2-for-4,2R,2RBI), Hale(2-for-3,R,2RBI), and Ciarlo(2-for-4,R,RBI) added two hits each to the Pack’s 14 hit outburst.
Six different SJSU players had a hit in the game with Fyfe’s home run accounting for the Spartans only run on the day.
Nevada returns to action on Tuesday playing at the University of San Francisco on at 2:00 p.m. before taking a 10-day break before resuming WAC play at Sacramento State on April 27.