Cole improved to 4-1 on the season and tossed his third consecutive complete game in blanking the Spartans 5-0. In five of seven innings he retired the side and allowed just three hits on the day. Last weekend he was on the short end of a tough 1-0 loss at Hawai'i tossing a complete game. The week prior to the UH game he pitched his first complete game in the Silver & Blue as Nevada defeated Fresno State 14-4.
While Cole was keeping SJSU off the scoreboard the Pack offense gave him an early 3-0 lead after one inning of play. With one down second baseman Cullen Mahoney tripled and first baseman Shaun Kort walked. Mahoney scored on a double steal as Kort moved to second base where he scored on left fielder Nick Melino's double. Right fielder Brian Barnett followed with a single moving Melino to third base where he scored on third baseman Garrett Yrigoyen's single up the middle
In the fourth inning catcher Michael Turay led off the inning hitting his first home run of the season and it was 4-0. Center fielder Westley Moss followed with an infield single then stole second and third base. Kort's sacrifice fly plated Moss with Nevada's fifth and final run of the game.
Cole (4-1) did not walk a batter and struck out three to earn the win. Sean Martin (0-2) was tagged with the loss allowing five runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings on the mound.
Melino (2-for-3,R,RBI) had two hits to lead the offense and extended his hit streak to 10 games which is one off his career-high set this season. He had a career-high 11-game hit streak then failed to get a hit and now has a hit in the last 10 games giving him hit in 21 of the last 22 games. Kort, Melino, Turay and Yrigoyen had an RBI each in the game.
Three different SJSU batters collected hit in the game.
The two teams conclude the series with a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.