Nevada Pounded Out 15 Hits In 16-7 Win At New Mexico State
May 19, 2006
Las Cruces, N.M. - The University of Nevada(23-26, 10-12 WAC) pounded out 15 hits on the way to a 16-7 victory over New Mexico State(19-35, 6-17 WAC) in the second-game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces, N.M. The Wolf Pack are now 23-26 on the season and 10-12 in WAC play while the Aggies fell to 19-35 on the year and 6-17 in conference play. Friday night's victory assures the Pack will be seeded no worse than fifth in next week's six-team conference tournament and could earn the fourth seed by completing the sweep of NMSU on Saturday.
Nevada tailed 4-2 after two innings but scored seven unanswered runs in the next three innings to take command of the game with a 9-4 lead. The Aggies got a two run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning but the Pack answered with a four-run seventh and three-run eighth inning to blow open the game and cruised to the 16-7 victory.
Pack starter Ryan Rodriguez (6-7) won his team-high sixth game of the season pitching five innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. The victory was the 22nd of his career which ties him with current Houston Astros reliever Chad Qualls(1999-00) for fourth all-time at Nevada. Pack relievers Kody Keroher and Chris Scott closed out the game pitching two innings each. Brian Gausman(4-6) took the loss allowing nine runs, eight earned on 11 hits in four innings on the mound.
Offensively designated hitter Terry Walsh (3-for-5,6RBI) collected three hits and drove in a career-high six. Walsh's third hit of the game was a bases clearing double in the top of the seventh inning. Second baseman David Ciarlo (3-for-4,3R,2RBI) and third baseman Matt Bowman (3-for-4,3R,3RBI) also totaled three hits in the game. Bowman finished the night with three RBI and Ciarlo had two which came on his fifth home run of the season.
Aggie designated hitter Brandon Lance(3-for-5,R,RBI) tallied three hits and left fielder Adam Harvey(2-for-4,2R,3RBI) two in the game. Harvey hit two home runs that scored three total runs and shortstop Abe Aguirre(1-for-4,R,2RBI) belted a two-run homer as part of NMSU's four-run second inning.
The Pack will look to sweep the three-game series in Las Cruces, N.M. and six-game season series on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. MT.