May 14, 2006
Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada(21-26, 8-12 WAC) sophomore Trevor O'Sullivan's double in the bottom of the eighth inning scored the winning run as the Wolf Pack completed the three-game Western Athletic Conference series sweep of Sacramento State(20-32, 8-13 WAC) with a 3-2 victory on Mothers and Senior Day at Peccole Park in Reno. With the victory the Pack have won four in a row and climbed to fifth place in the WAC standings with an 8-12 record passing the Hornets who are now 8-13. Overall Nevada is 21-26 while Sac State dropped to 20-32.
Nevada will play its final three regular season games next week traveling to Las Cruces, N.M. to play New Mexico State beginning on Thursday evening. Currently the Pack are in fifth place with the top six teams qualifying for the WAC season ending tournament in Fresno, Calif. One win over the Aggies next week would secure the Pack a birth in the tournament as they are two and one half games up in the standings.
The game was tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning after the Pack had scored the tying run in the bottom the sixth inning. Third baseman Matt Bowman worked a walk to start the bottom of the eighth inning. The Hornets then brought reliever Justin Deme out of the bullpen and he retired the first man he faced but designated hitter Terry Walsh's single put two runners on base. Deme retired the next hitter but O'Sullivan who had entered the game to play left field stepped to the plate for the first time in the game. His two-out double to the right center field gap scored Bowman easily and the Pack were on top for the first time 3-2 which proved to be the final score.
Sac State would not go down easily in the top of the ninth inning as first baseman Brian Blauser doubled with one down and was at third base when the game ended.
The Hornets wasted little time in scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. With two down catcher Buddy Morales was hit by pitch and first baseman Brian Blauser followed with a home run to left field and it was 2-0 Sac State but that would be all the scoring for the Hornets in the game. The Wolf Pack got one of the runs back in the bottom of the second inning when right fielder Shawn Scobee hit a 2-2 pitch over the left center field wall to make the score 2-1. The home run was his 18th of the season which is tied for the third-best single season in school history and his 36 career home runs is fifth all-time.
In the bottom of the sixth inning the Pack put together a two-out rally to tie the game. Walsh walked and scored on left fielder Dan Eastham's double down the left field line and the game was tied at 2-2. The run in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the game winner.
Reliever Matt Renfree (2-2) got the win pitching 3.1 innings of two-hit shutout baseball. Pack starter Steve Taylor allowed two runs on three hits in 5.2 innings but left after suffering tightness in his elbow and forearm area. Travis Kane(3-6) was tagged with the loss allowing three runs on five hits in the game.
Walsh(3-for-3,R) had a great day for the Pack going three for three with a run scored. Scobee(1-for-3,R,RBI), Eastham(1-for-2,RBI), and O'Sulivan(1-for-1,RBI) each drove in a run.
Blauser(2-for-4,R,2RBI) had two hits and drove both Hornet runs in the game.