Nevada Unable To Complete Series Sweep And Fall 13-5 To SJSU
April 17, 2005
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(19-14, 8-4 WAC) was unable to complete the Western Athletic Conference series sweeping falling to SJSU(20-14-1, 9-6 WAC) 13-5 on Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park in Reno. The loss cut the Wolf Pack lead in the WAC to one half game over the Spartans who had entered the weekend series one half game in front of the Pack. Nevada is now 19-14 overall and 8-4 in the conference while SJSU improved to 20-14-1 on the year and 9-6 in WAC action.
For the third consecutive day SJSU scored first in the game tallying three runs on three hits in the top of the second inning but this time they made the lead standup. The Spartans got RBI singles from shortstop Anthony Contreras, and left fielder Ryan Angel while the third run scored on a fielders choice off the bat of second baseman David Pierson. Nevada designated hitter Terry Walsh hit the first home run of his career in the bottom of the second inning to get the Pack on the scoreboard.
SJSU pounded out four hits in the top of third to put two more runs on the scoreboard and take a 5-1 lead. Pierson and Contreras both dove in their second runs of the game in the inning. In the top of the fourth inning the Spartans got a two RBI double from center fielder Travis Becktel and an RBI single from catcher Justin Santich-Hughes to add three runs to their total. A fourth run scored on a passed ball and SJSU held a commanding 9-1 advantage. A two-run single by right fielder Nate Corrick in the top of the fifth inning put the Spartans on top 11-1.
Pack freshman left fielder Matt Bowman hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning and center fielder Jacob Butler hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to close the gap to six at 11-5. Butler's eighth home run of the season tied him for the team lead and it also moved him into sole possession of fourth place on the career Pack home run list with 36.
Run scoring singles by SJSU first baseman Brandon Fromm and Corrick in the top of the ninth inning made the final score 13-5.
Four Nevada pitchers allowed a season high 21 hits in the game. Starter Travis Sutton fell to 1-3 on the season allowing eight runs on 10 hits in just three innings of action. SJSU reliever Randy Waite was credited with the win allowing one run in two innings of action. Matt Winck saved his first of the season pitching the final five innings of the game surrendering three runs on five hits.
Offensively Bowman(2-for-4,2R,RBI) was the only Nevada hitter to collect two hits in the game one being his second home run of the season. Butler, and Walsh also hit home runs in the game. Three of the Pack five runs scored on Butler's three-run homer in the sixth inning.
Six SJSU hitters had more than one hit in the game led by designated hitter Chris Williammee(5-for-6,3R) who went five for six at the plate with three runs scored. Contreras(3-for-6,2RBI), Angel(3-for-6,2R,RBI), and Becktel(3-for-6,2R,2RBI) added three hits each to the attack. Corrick(2-for-5,R,3RBI), and Santich-Hughes(2-for-5,R,RBI) contributed two hits apiece. Corrick tied for game high honors with three RBI on the day.
Nevada hosts UC Davis on Tuesday at Peccole Park with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m.