Kort Collects 300th Hit As Pack Take Game One 8-5
RENO, Nev. - University of Nevada (32-19-1, 12-8-1 WAC) senior first baseman Shaun Kort collected his 300th career hit in the Silver & Blue delivering the game-winning home run in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Wolf Pack went on to take the first game of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader at Peccole Park, Friday afternoon 8-5 over Louisiana Tech (26-25, 10-11 WAC). With the victory the Pack improved to 32-19-1 and 12-8-1 in WAC play while the Bulldogs fell to 26-26 on the season and 10-11 in conference play. With the victory the Pack has won a season-high five games in a row.
Trailing 3-2 going to the bottom of the fourth inning catch Michael Turay and second baseman Cullen Mahoney drew walks. With two down Kort stepped to the plate and hit a 2-2 pitch over the left center field wall to put the Pack on top to stay 5-3. With the hit he joined Joe Inglett (1997-00) and Lyle Overbay (1996-99) as the only Nevada hitters to reach the 300 hit plateau. Inglett tops the list with 321 and Overbay finished his career with 309.
LA Tech scored an unearned run in the top of the second inning to take the early 1-0 lead when catcher Clint Ewing singled home right fielder Devon Dageford. Nevada answered with two in the bottom of the third inning when right fielder Brian Barnett's single scored Kort who reached on a walk. Designated hitter Brock Stassi followed with a single and an error on Bulldogs left fielder Kyle Roliard on the play allowed Barnett to score the second run of the inning.
The Bulldogs regained the lead with two in the top of the fourth inning when shortstop Taylor Terrasas' single plated two runs. Kort's home run in the bottom half of the inning put the Pack on top to stay.
In the top of the sixth LA Tech relief pitcher Will Alvis who was also the designated hitter, blasted a home run to make it a one-run game at 5-4. Barnett's three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning scored Mahoney and Kort after they both walked to make the score 8-4. Dageford's RBI single in the top of the seventh inning ended the scoring for the Bulldogs as the Pack won 8-5.
Freshman Tom Jameson (5-1) won his fifth game of the season allowing four runs, two earned in his six innings on the mound and tied his career-high with six strikeouts. Senior Tyler Graham (8) came out of the bullpen to pitch the final 1.2 innings and earn his team-leading eighth save of the season. Trevor Petersen (5-8) was tagged with the loss giving up five runs, four earned in five innings of action.
Barnett (2-for-4,2R,4RBI) led the Pack with two hits and four RBI while Kort drove home three with his ninth home run of the season. The nine home runs for Kort is a career high.
First baseman Alex Williams (2-for-4), Ewing (2-for-4,R,RBI) and Alvis (2-for-3,R,RBI) led the Bulldogs with two hits each. Terrasas drove in two for the LA Tech.
Notes: Barnett's 15th home run of the year is tied for the 10th best season in Nevada history.
Graham's eight saves is tied with Scott Albin (1999) for the third most in a season at Nevada and his nine career saves moved him into a tie with Zach Basch (2003) and Doug Van Tress (1988-91) for fifth on the Pack career list.
Left fielder Nick Melino was hitless in three at bats which snapped his 16-game hit streak which was the longest of his career and the longest by a Nevada player this season.