Nevada Unable To Complete Rally Falling 7-6 At Hawai`i
April 30, 2005
Honolulu, Hawaii - The University of Nevada(20-19, 9-8 WAC) led early and tried to rally late but were unable to overcome the University of Hawai`i(23-23, 10-10 WAC) falling 7-6 in game two of a Western Athletic Conference series at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai`i Friday night. The loss left the Wolf Pack at 20-19 on the season and 9-8 in conference play while UH evened its overall record at 23-23 and WAC record at 10-10.
The Pack struck first with a single run on two hits in the top of the first inning. Left fielder Matt Bowman started the game with a walk and moved to second base on catcher Brett Hayes' single to left field. UH then got a double play ball off the bat of center fielder Jacob Butler as Bowman moved to third base. First baseman Ben Mummy delivered an RBI single to give Nevada the early 1-0 advantage.
In the top of the second inning the Wolf Pack scored a single run on two hits. Right fielder Shawn Scobee was hit by pitch and moved to second base on a successful sacrifice bunt by third baseman Eric Newman. With two down shortstop Robert Marcial hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle to score Scobee to make it 2-0 Nevada.
UH tied the game with a pair of runs on two hits in the bottom of the second inning. Rainbow catcher Esteban Lopez delivered a two-out two-RBI triple down the right field line that scored designated hitter Nathan Thurber who walked and right fielder Matt Inouye who reached on a single to tie the game.
Scobee put the Pack back on top with a two run homer in the top of the third inning. The homer scored designated hitter Baker Krukow who singled. Scobee's home run was his team leading 12th of the season.
In the bottom of the third inning UH made it a one-run game when third baseman Shafer Magana singled home shortstop Robert Spiers who ledoff the inning with a single. A two-run homer by Thurber in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Rainbows' their first lead of the game at 5-4.
UH added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to increase its lead to three at 7-4. Lopez started the inning with a walk and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt. A dropped fly ball by Scobee in right field put runners on the corners for left fielder Erik Ammon. A wild pitch scored the first run and a double by Ammon plated the second run of the inning.
In the top of the seventh inning the Pack put two runs on the scoreboard to close within one. A Hayes single followed by a Butler double put two runners in scoring position for Mummy as he delivered the two RBI double to make the score 7-6.
The Pack put a runner on in the eighth and ninth innings but UH turned double plays to halt any scoring threat.
Ryan Rodriguez(8-4) lost consecutive starts for the first time this season allowing seven runs, six earned in 5.1 innings on the mound. Steven Wright(4-3) the second UH pitcher got the win pitching 3.2 innings and surrendered two runs on five hits. Darrell Fisherbaugh(2) pitched the final 2.1 innings to earn his second save of the season.
Hayes(3-for-5,R), and Marcial(3-for-4,RBI) tied for game high honors with three hits each. Mummy(2-for-5,3RBI) collected two hits and drove in a game high three. Scobee drove two with his home run in the third inning.
Spiers(2-for-5,2R) led UH with two hits. Thurber(2-for-3,2R,2RBI), and Lopez(1-for-3,R,2RBI) drove in two runs each in the game.
Nevada will look to avoid the series sweep on Saturday evening when the two squads complete the series with a 9:35 p.m. Pacific time game at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.