Rodriguez Pitches Nevada To 5-1 Victory Over Utah Valley State
April 23, 2006
Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada(17-20) junior pitcher Ryan Rodriguez(5-5) allowed just one run in seven innings in pitching the Wolf Pack to a 5-1 victory over Utah Valley State(13-29) in the final game of a three-game nonconference series at Peccole Park in Reno, Sunday afternoon. The Pack won two of the three games in the series and are now 17-20 on the season while the Wolverines dropped to 13-29.
Rodriguez equaled his season high with seven strikeouts and now has 203 for his career. He began the day eighth on the Pack career strikeout list but moved past Jeff Barry(1986-89), current Houston Astros reliever Chad Qualls(1999-00), and Matt Rainer(1998-00) into fifth place. In addition he became the sixth Nevada pitcher to total 200 career strikeouts. The victory was the 21st of his career which is tied for fifth all-time with John Patton(1991-94), and Kevin Lake(1993-94). Rodriguez did not walk a batter and now has won a team-high five games this season.
The Pack scored first in Sunday's contest in the bottom of the second inning. Designated hitter Brian Joynt walked and later scored on catcher Baker Krukow's RBI single to put Nevada on top 1-0. UVSC tied the game with a single run in the top of the fourth inning. Left fielder Canyon Vance singled and scored on designated hitter Adam Openshaw's RBI double to knot the score at 1-1.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Pack score a run on three hits. With one out third baseman Matt Bowman singled and right fielder Shawn Scobee was hit by pitch with to get the rally started. Scobee was caught off first base but Bowman was tagged out at third base on the play as Scobee advanced to second base. First baseman Dan Eastham walked and Joynt beat out an infield single to load the bases for left fielder Matt Suleski. Suleski drove home the run with an infield single to shortstop and the Pack were on top to stay 2-1.
A three-run bottom of the seventh inning gave the Pack some breathing room. With one out Eastham and Joynt walked and with two down Krukow doubled in both runners on a ball hit to left field that Vance just missed catching on a diving attempt. Shortstop Ryan Foley followed with an RBI single down the right field line and Nevada led 5-1.
Pack reliever Wesley Dorsett allowed the lead off runner to reach base in both the eighth and ninth innings but followed that by getting ground balls that were turned into double plays by the Nevada infielders.
Bowman(3-for-4) and Krukow(3-for-4,R,3RBI) tied for game high honors with three hits each. Krukow drove in three of the Pack's five runs while Bowman's hit streak reached eight-games. Joynt(2-for-2,2R) totaled two hits and scored a pair of runs on the day. Second baseman Leo Radkowski's hit streak ended at nine-games after going hitless in four at bats. The nine-game hit streak is tied with Bowman's earlier streak of nine for the longest on the team this season. Center fielder Durell Williams stole his 15th base in the game which is the most stolen bases by a Pack player since 1999 when Joey Inglett stole 15 and Justin Martin ended the year with 26.
Despite allowing just two runs in 4.2 innings UVSC starter Ryan Jessop(0-4) was tagged with the loss leaving him 0-4 on the year. Wolverine third baseman Chris Benson(2-for-4) and first baseman Dan Bulow(2-for-4) finished with a pair of hits each.
Nevada returns to action on Tuesday traveling to Morago, Calif. to take on Saint Mary's College at 2:00 p.m. in a nonconference game at Louis Guisto Field.