Nevada Takes First Game From Louisiana Tech 9-7
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(26-21, 10-6 WAC) baseball team took the first game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series on a cold and rainy night at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. from Louisiana Tech(32-18, 12-8 WAC) by a score of 9-7. With the victory the Wolf Pack improved to 10-6 in conference play and moved within one half game of the second place Bulldogs who are 12-7 in the league standings. Overall the Pack are now 26-21 while La Tech dropped to 32-18 on the season.
Nevada scored a run in the bottom of the second inning when center fielder Jason Sadoian was hit by pitch by Bulldog pitcher Luke Burnett with the bases loaded. Designated hitter Baker Krukow scored on the play after starting the inning with a single. La Tech tied the game with a run in the top of the third inning. Designated hitter Brandon Hudson walked and came around to score on right fielder Jericho Jones' RBI single.
The Pack regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning scoring a run on two hits. First baseman Shaun Kort singled to start the inning and scored on Krukow's RBI double down the left field line. In the top of the fourth inning the Bulldogs got back to back singles from first baseman Albie Goulder and shortstop Dennis Winn and eventually both came around to score on wild pitches by Pack starter Ryan Rodriguez.
Pack third baseman Jason Rodriguez hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Nevada a 5-3 lead. The homer scored second baseman David Ciarlo who doubled and Sadoian who walked.
Goulder hit a three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning to put the Bulldogs back in front 6-5 then the game was halted for 14 minutes do to a rain delay. The homer scored second baseman Drew Bunting and left fielder Brian Rike as both reached base after drawing walks.
Nevada scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to again take the lead. Shortstop Chris Siewert doubled with one down and Ciarlo was hit by pitch to put two runners on base for Jason Rodriguez. Rodriguez hit a bloop double to score Siewert with the tying run and Kort's two RBI double put the Wolf Pack in front 8-6.
Bunting walked and scored in the top of the seventh inning to make it a one run game at 8-7 which chased Ryan Rodriguez from game. Nevada head coach Gary Powers called on reliever Matt Renfree and he retired all nine hitters he faced to earn his first save of the season and preserve the victory.
In the bottom of the eighth inning the Pack scored an insurance run to make the final score 9-7. Siewert delivered a two-out single that scored catcher Konrad Schmidt with the team’s ninth run of the game.
Ryan Rodriguez(7-5) got the win despite allowing seven runs on nine hits in six innings on the mound walking a season-high five. Rodriguez the school career leading in victories won for the 30th time in the Silver & Blue. Renfree(1) saved his first game of the season retiring all nine hitters he faced striking out four. Luke Burnett(4-7) suffered the loss giving up seven runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of action.
Kort(4-for-5,R,2RBI) had a game-high four hits and delivered the game winning hit with his two RBI double. Krukow(3-for-4,R,RBI) had three hits as the Pack totaled 12 in the game. Jason Rodriguez(2-for-5,2R,4RBI) drove in a career-high four with three coming in his first home run of the season. Siewert(2-for-5,R,RBI) finished the night with two hits and drove in the insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Goulder(3-for-4,2R,3RBI) led the Bulldogs with three hits and three RBI. All three of his RBI came on his 13th home run of the season.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday night at 6:00 p.m.