Butler Homers Twice In 9-2 Wolf Pack Victory
April 16, 2005
For Immediate Release For more information, contact Jack Kuestermeyer, Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada(18-13, 7-3 WAC) center fielder Jacob Butler homered twice and drove in five runs to support the outstanding pitching performance of Ryan Rodriguez(8-2) to down SJSU(19-14-1, 8-6 WAC) 9-2 on Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park in Reno. With the win the Pack improved to 7-3 in Western Athletic Conference play and increased their lead over the second place Spartans to one and one have games as they fell to 8-6 in conference play. Overall the Wolf Pack are now 19-13 while SJSU is 19-14-1.
For the second day in a row SJSU scored first in the game with single run in the top of the first inning. Third baseman Ryan Angel walked with one down and promptly stole second base where he scored on first baseman Brandon Fromm's RBI single.
The Pack threatened in the bottom of the first inning but wasted a leadoff double by shortstop Brett Hayes as the next three hitters were retired. Nevada again wasted a double in the bottom of the second inning when catcher Baker Krukow belted one to left center field but the next three hitters failed to drive him home.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Wolf Pack first baseman Ben Mummy tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run over the left field fence. His eighth home run on the season moved him into a tie for the team lead.
The Spartans jumped back in front with a single run in the top of the fifth inning. Second baseman David Pierson doubled off the left field wall to get the inning started and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Shortstop Anthony Contreras singled to right field to put SJSU ahead 2-1.
Butler's sixth home run of the season put the Pack in front for the first time in the game 4-2. Hayes singled, and left fielder Matt Bowman walked prior to the three-run homer.
Butler's second home run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Pack a four-run cushion. His home run scored Bowman who reached first on a fielders choice after failing to move Hayes to second base on a sacrifice bunt attempt. The Pack went on to score three more runs in the big inning. Third baseman Eric Newman drove home two with an RBI single and Hayes forced home the third run after walking with the bases loaded.
Rodriguez won his WAC leading eighth game of the season pitching seven solid innings. He allowed two runs and struckout five to earn his eighth victory in his last nine starts. SJSU starter Brandon Dewing(5-2) lost for just the second time surrendering nine runs, six earned in 6.2 innings on the mound.
Hayes(3-for-4,R,RBI), and Krukow(3-for-4,R) tied for game high honors with three hits apiece. Butler(2-for-4,2R,5RBI), and Newman(2-for-4,2RBI) contributed two hits each to the offensive attack. Butler's two home runs drove in five of Nevada's nine runs on the day.
SJSU was led by Brandon Fromm(2-for-3,RBI) who collected two hits in the game and drove in one of the two Spartan runs.
The final game of the three-game WAC series is slated for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park.
Note: Hayes made his first start at shortstop on Saturday for junior Robert Marcial who missed today's game and will be out of the lineup tomorrow attending to family emergency.