Miller Pitches Pack To Doubleheader Sweep As Nevada Scores Late To Defeat Fresno State 7-3
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(24-18, 11-8 WAC) baseball team scored the final five runs of Saturday’s second game and got an outstanding relief performance from junior pitcher Sammy Miller(2-0) at Peccole Park here Saturday evening to knock off Fresno State(26-19, 14-5 WAC) 7-3 to complete the doubleheader sweep. The Wolf Pack won the first game 4-1 after FS scored a 9-3 victory on Friday night. With today’s two victories the Wolf Pack are now 24-18 overall and 11-8 in WAC action. The conference leading Bulldogs dropped to 26-19 on the season and 14-5 in the WAC. Both games of Saturday’s doubleheader were carried live nationally on CBS College Sports.
Nevada trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning but scored three runs to take the lead for good. Pinch hitter Waylen Sing Chow was hit by pitch to start the inning and shortstop Kevin Rodland laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move him into scoring position. Center fielder Jason Sadoian’s infield single put runners on the corners for left fielder Matt Bowman who was hit by pitch and the bases were loaded. A ground out by third baseman Jason Rodriguez scored Sing Chow with the tying run. With two down first baseman Shaun Kort was intentionally walked and the bases were once again loaded. Right fielder Mike Hale then hit a 2-2 pitch up the middle to score two runs as the Pack moved in front 5-3.
In the bottom of the eighth inning the Pack scored a pair of insurance runs when Bowman singled home Rodland and Sadoian to make the final score 7-3. Rodland reached on a double and Sadoian singled to get on base for Bowman.
The Pack scored first in the bottom of the first inning when Bowman singled and scored on Kort’s sacrifice bunt and it was 1-0. FS scored the next three runs and held a 3-1 advantage after four innings of play. In the second inning designated hitter Jake Johnson doubled home the first run and catcher Danny Grubb’s sacrifice fly plated the other to put the Bulldogs on top 2-1. In the third inning left fielder Steve Susdorf’s RBI single scored Gavin Hedstrom who started the inning with a single and it was 3-1. Right fielder Steve Detwiler chased Nevada starter Brock Stassi from the game with his single in the inning. Enter Miller who held FS scoreless the rest of the way pitching 6.1 innings of two hit shutout baseball to earn his second win of the season.
In the fifth inning the Pack closed within a run when Rodriguez’ single scored Sadoian after he started the inning with a single and it was 3-2. That is where it remained until Nevada scored the final five runs to win 7-3.
Miller did not walk a batter and only allowed two hits in his outstanding relief appearance to improve to 2-0. His four strikeouts and 6.1 innings pitched were both career highs. FS reliever Brandon Burke(4-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits and retired just two hitters in the game.
Sadoian(3-for-5,3R), Rodriguez(3-for-3,2R,2RBI) and Hale(3-for-3,2RBI) led the offensive attack with three hits apiece as the team totaled 12 in the game. Bowman(2-for-3,2R,2RBI) added two hits and drove in two as did Rodriguez and Hale.
Second baseman Erik Wetzel(2-for-4) led FS with two hits in the second game and three different Bulldog hitters drove in a run.
The final game of the four-game series is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.