Garcia Pitches Nevada To 8-4 Victory At Hawai`i
HONOLULU, Hawaii-University of Nevada (23-15-1, 4-4-1 WAC) senior pitcher Chris Garcia struck out a career-high nine and allowed just one run in seven innings as the Wolf Pack defeated Hawai'i (21-21, 4-9 WAC) 8-4, in the first game of a Western Athletic Conference series at Les Murakami Stadium on Friday night. The Pack improved to 23-15-1 on the season and 4-4-1 in WAC play while the Rainbows fell to 21-21 and 4-9 in conference action.
Nevada took control of the game early scoring four times in the top of the second inning. Playing before friends and family, Honolulu native Waylen Sing Chow started the scoring with a double that plated right fielder Brian Barnett who walked. Third baseman Garrett Yrigoyen followed with a triple to score second baseman Cullen Mahoney who reached after being hit by pitch and Sing Chow. Catcher Michael Turay doubled home Yrigoyen and it was 4-0.
UH scored a run on designated hitter Jeffrey Van Doornum's single in the bottom of the second inning to make it a three-run game. The Pack responded with three runs in the top of the third inning with Mahoney delivering an RBI single and Turay's double scoring two more. Nevada's eighth and final run of the game came in the top of the fifth inning when shortstop Kevin Rodland drew a bases loaded walk to force home Mahoney.
Garcia took advantage of his seven run lead tossing five more shutout innings before giving way to the bullpen. UH score three in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull within four at 8-4. Pinch hitter Sean Montplaisir delivered a two RBI triple to score two of the runs in UH's big inning.
Garcia (5-2) won his fifth game of the season allowing just the one run on five hits and established a new career-high with nine strikeouts in seven innings on the mound. UH starter Josh Slaats (4-3) suffered the loss giving up six runs on six hits in two innings of work.
Turay (2-for-3,3RBI), Yrigoyen (2-for-4,R,2RBI) and Mahoney (2-for-3,3R,RBI) each had two hits to top the Pack. Turay finished with a game-high three RBI while Yrigoyen had two.
Third baseman Pi'ikea Kitamura (2-for-5) and Macdonald (2-for-4,R,2RBI) led UH with two hits apiece. Macdonald and Montplaiser drove in two runs each.
The two squads will play a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon getting underway at 3:05 p.m. HT.