Pack Run Into Hot Rice Team And Fall 16-3
May 14, 2005
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(22-24, 11-12 WAC) ran into a hot hitting Rice(35-15, 15-8 WAC) baseball team who also got and outstanding pitching performance from Eddie Degerman(7-1) as the Owls downed the Wolf Pack 16-3 at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. on Saturday afternoon. The 13th ranked and Western Athletic Conference leading Owls improved to 35-15 on the season and 15-8 in conference action while the Pack fell to 22-24 and 11-12 in league play.
Rice wasted little time getting on the scoreboard with a pair or runs on three hits in the top of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Four of the first five Owl hitters that came to the plate reached base including three consecutive singles. First baseman Joe Savery and left fielder Adam Hale delivered RBI hits in the inning.
Nevada got its first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning when designated hitter Derek McNeil tripled to right center field and scored on catcher Brett Hayes' sacrifice fly to make the score 2-1.
The Owls blew open the game with six runs on four hits in the top of the third inning. Two bases loaded walks scored the first two runs, center fielder Tyler Henley's two RBI single scored the next two, and a bad hop single off the bat of second baseman Greg Buchanan accounted for the final two runs of the inning for Rice to make the score 8-1. The Owls then scored eight more unanswered runs and held a 16-1 advantage going into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Nevada center fielder Jacob Butler hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to make the final score 16-3.
Degerman allowed just one run on five hits to get the win and improve to 7-1 on the season. Pack starter Ryan Rodriguez(9-5) lost for the second time to the Owls surrendering eight runs on six hits in 2.2 innings on the mound.
McNeil(2-for-3,2R) and Butler(2-for-4,R,RBI) had two hits apiece to lead the Pack. The duo also scored all three Nevada runs in the game and Butler drove home two with his 10th home run of the season.
RU designated hitter Adam Rodgers(4-for-5,2R,RBI) had a game high four hits on the day. Savery(3-for-5,3R,3RBI), and second baseman Greg Buchanan(3-for-5,R,4RBI) had three hits apiece. Buchanan posted a game high four RBI.
The series finale is slated to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park.