Nevada In Second After 9-6 Win Over Louisiana Tech
May 7, 2005
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(22-21, 11-9 WAC) moved into sole possession of second place in the Western Athletic Conference standings following a 9-6 win over Louisiana Tech(16-32, 8-15 WAC) on Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. With the victory the Wolf Pack are one and one half game back of league leading Rice(13-8) in the conference standings and 22-21 on the season. LTU dropped its 13th game in a row to the Pack leaving them 8-15 in WAC action and 16-32 on the year.
Nevada broke a 6-6 tie scoring three runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth inning after LTU scored two in the top of the inning to tie the score. Third baseman Eric Newman got the inning started with a single and second baseman Carlos Madrid reached on catchers interference. Shortstop Robert Marcial successfully sacrificed both runners into scoring position for left fielder Matt Bowman. Bowman doubled down the left field to score both runners. Following a wild pitch that moved Bowman to third base catcher Brett Hayes' single plated the ninth Pack run of the game to make the final score 9-6.
LTU struck first with a single run on two hits in the top of the first inning. Second baseman Brandon Haygood doubled to right center field to get the game started and moved to third base on a ground ball. Ryan Hamilton's RBI single up the middle scored Haygood with the first run of the game.
Nevada went on top with a two-run bottom of the second inning. First baseman Ben Mummy got the inning started with a single to right field but was erased at second base when designated hitter Baker Krukow grounded out to second. Right fielder Shawn Scobee followed with a double to left field moving both runners into scoring position. Third baseman Eric Newman's sacrifice fly scored Krukow to tie the game as Scobee moved to third base. Scobee then scored on a balk to give the Pack a 2-1 advantage.
Two more Wolf Pack runs in the bottom of the third inning pushed the lead to three at 4-1. Hayes hit a solo home run and Mummy singled home center fielder Jacob Butler who reached on a single then stole second base to move into scoring position. Scobee hit his team leading 13th home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 5-1.
A three-run top of the fifth inning pulled the Bulldogs within a run at 5-4. First baseman Albie Goulder drove in the first run with an RBI single and Haygood scored two with a single to left center field. LTU collected three consecutive hits and four safeties in the inning.
Mummy got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning belting his 12th home run of the season down the right field line to give the Pack a two-run cushion at 6-4. LTU catcher Mims Boyce delivered a two-out two-RBI single in the top of the sixth inning to knot the score at 6-6 until the Pack put three on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning.
Ryan Rodriguez(9-4) won his WAC leading ninth game of the season pitching seven innings. Rodriguez allowed six runs on 11 hits in the game. Sophomore lefty Patrick Mason retired all five hitters he faced to earn his first career save. LTU starter Clayton Meyer(4-8) was tagged with the loss surrendering eight runs, seven earned in 5.1 innings on the mound.
Mummy(3-for-4,R,2RBI) posted a game high three hits which included a home run. Bowman(2-for-5,R,2RBI), Hayes(2-for-5,R,2RBI), and Scobee(2-for-4,2R,RBI) had two hits apiece in the game. Bowman, Hayes, and Mummy finished with two RBI each. Mummy, Hayes and, Scobee hit solo home runs on the day.
Haygood(2-for-4,R,2RBI), Hamilton(2-for-4,RBI), designated hitter Ben Tabor(2-for-4,R), and Boyce(2-for-4,R,2RBI) had two hits each for the Bulldogs. Haygood, and Boyce drove in two runs each in the game.
The series finale is slated for Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park. First pitch on Mothers Day is slated for 1:00 p.m.