Nevada Closes Out Regular Season With 10-5 Victory Over LA Tech On Senior Day
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada (34-20-1, 14-9-1 WAC) baseball team closed out the regular season with a 10-5 Western Athletic Conference victory over Louisiana Tech (27-28, 11-13 WAC) on Senior Day at Peccole Park on Sunday Afternoon. With the victory the Wolf Pack finished in a tie for second place in the regular season with New Mexico State as both teams went 14-9-1. NMSU won the tie breaker based on the 2-1-1 series record versus the Pack during and will be the second seed in next week's WAC Tournament to be played at HoHokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz. The Pack earned the third seed and will play San Jose State University on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.
With today's victory the Pack won the weekend series 3-1 to improve to 34-20-1 on the season. The Bulldogs end the regular season 27-28 and went 11-13 in the WAC .
Prior to today's first pitch seniors Kevin Rodland, Shaun Kort, Jesse Rasner, Chris Garcia, Tyler Graham, Daniel Tinlin, Westley Moss and Beau Witsoe were honored for their contributions to Nevada baseball.
LA Tech got a two-run homer from designated hitter/pitcher Will Alvis in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 5-5. Pack second baseman Joe Kohan, who had come off the bench, hit his first home run of the season in the bottom half of the inning to put Nevada on top 6-5. Designated hitter Brock Stassi had a sacrifice fly in the inning to make it a two-run game at 7-5. In the bottom of the eighth inning Kohan delivered a two-RBI single and eventually scored as the Pack went on to win 10-5.
Nevada led 1-0 on center fielder Westley Moss' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second but solo home runs by LA Tech right fielder Devon Dageford in the fourth and catcher Clint Ewing in the sixth moved the Bulldogs in front 2-1. LA Tech got an RBI single from Dageford in the sixth inning and held a 3-1 advantage.
Nevada scored four times in the bottom of the sixth inning to regain the lead 5-3. Right fielder Brian Barnett's two-run homer scored the first two runs of the inning. Third baseman Garrett Yrigoyen had an RBI single and the third run in the inning scored on a ground ball double play. The two-run lead would not be enough as the Pack had to rally scoring the final five runs of the game to knock off the Bulldogs.
Reliever Mat Keplinger (1-1) earned his first win at Nevada retiring two hitters in the seventh inning. Pack closer Tyler Graham (9) recorded his ninth save of the season pitching two scoreless innings. The nine saves moved him into a tie with Zak Basch (2003) for the second best save total in a season and his 10 career saves is tied with Scott Albin (1996-99) and Rick Turner (1972-74) for third in Nevada history.
Alvis (1-2) suffered the loss allowing two runs on three hits 1.1 innings on the mound.
Kohan (2-for-2,2R,3RBI), Yrigoyen (2-for-4,RBI) and Moss (2-for-2,R,RBI) topped the Pack with two hits apiece. Kohan drove in a career-high three runs while Barnett platted two in the game.
Dageford (2-for-4,R,2RBI) and Alvis (2-for-4,R,2RBI) had two hits and two RBI each for the Bulldogs.
Notes: Tyler Graham's 9 saves is tied with Zak Basch (2003) for the second most in a season at Nevada and his 10 career saves is tied with Scott Albin (1996-99) and Rick Turner (1972-74) for third in career saves.
Brian Barnett's 18 home runs is tied with Ben Mummy (2005) and Shawn Scobee (2005) for the fourth best season total in Pack history while his 71 RBI is the seventh best season at Nevada.
Westley Moss' 21 stolen bases is tied with Chris Singleton (1993) for seveth on the Pack season list and his 36 career stolen bases is tied with Dean Bonfigli (1990-93) for eight in school history.
Kevin Rodland's 19 times hit by pitch is tied with Gary Johnson (1997) for sixth most in a season and Nick Melino's 18 is tied for 10th with Chris Gimenez (2002) and Gary Brown (1997).