Nevada Snaps Losing Skip With 11-5 Victory Over Utah Valley State
April 22, 2006
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(16-20) snapped a four-game losing skid with an 11-5 victory over Utah Valley State College(13-28) in the second-game of a three-game nonconference series at Peccole Park in Reno, Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Wolf Pack's overall record to 16-20 while the Wolverines dropped to 13-28 on the year.
UVSC right fielder Kade Boyer gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the top of the third inning. It was Boyer's second homer of the season.
In the bottom of the third inning the Pack went on top when right fielder Shawn Scobee belted a grand slam over the left center field fence to give Nevada a three-run lead at 4-1. The homer scored shortstop Ryan Foley and center fielder Durell Williams who singled along with third baseman Matt Bowman, after he walked. It was Scobee's second grand slam of the year, 13th home run of the season and 31st of his career which moved him into sole possession of seventh place on the Nevada career list.
The Wolverines scored two runs in their half of the fourth inning on first baseman Dan Bulow's two-run homer. Bulow's eighth home run of the season scored third baseman Chris Benson who singled to start the inning to close the gap to one at 4-3.
Three Nevada runs in the bottom of the fourth inning made the score 7-3. First baseman Dan Eastham singled to start the inning and later scored on second baseman Leo Radkowski's RBI single. Radkowski and Foley scored when Boyer dropped a fly ball in right field with two down.
In the top of the fifth inning UVSC got two of the runs back when Benson and left fielder Canyon Vance delivered RBI hits. The two runs closed the gap to 7-5.
The Pack got one of the runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning when Foley doubled and scored on Williams' sacrifice fly. Eastham hit the first home run of his career in the seventh inning to push the lead to 9-5. Left fielder Bryan Joynt also belted the first home run of his Nevada career, a solo shot, in the bottom of the eighth inning. The final Nevada run of the game also scored in the eighth inning when Scobee doubled in Bowman from first base to make the final score 11-5.
Pack starter Travis Sutton (4-2) improved to 4-2 on the season pitching 5.1 innings to get the win. Sutton allowed five runs on nine hits and equaled his season high strikeout total with six. Junior Matt Renfree came out of the bullpen to earn his first save of the season and second of his career. Renfree pitched 3.2 scoreless innings and only gave up one hit and did not walk a batter.
Kalen Parsons(2-8) was the loser for UVSC allowing seven runs, five earned in 3.1 innings of action.
Eastham(3-for-5,2R,RBI) tied for game high honors with three hits and belted his first career home run. Williams(2-for-4,R,RBI), Scobee(2-for-4,R,5RBI), and Foley(2-for-2,3R) had two hits apiece. Scobee drove in a game-high five, four coming on the grand slam while Foley scored a game-high three runs. Radkowski extended his hit streak to nine games which ties Bowman for the longest by a Pack player this season. Bowman's current hit streak is now at seven games after his single in his final at bat of the game in the eighth inning.
Wolverine designated hitter Adam Openshaw(3-for-4) had three hits to lead UVSC and tie for game-high honors. Benson(2-for-4,2R,RBI) contributed a pair of hits to the offensive attack for the Wolverines.
The final game of the three-game series is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Peccole Park.