Nevada Scores Two In The 11th To Eliminate Hawai`i 8-6
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(34-25) baseball team scored two runs in the top of the 11th inning to defeat the University of Hawai`i(34-25) 8-6 and eliminate the Rainbows from the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Tournament being played at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. With the victory the Wolf Pack will now take on San Jose State in the 7:00 p.m. game on Saturday night with the winner advancing to play Fresno State for the title on Sunday afternoon. With the victory the Pack improved to 34-25 while UH ended its season at 34-25
UH got a two-run homer from catcher Landon Hernandez in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at 6-6 and send the contest into extra innings. The ninth inning rally completed a comeback from a 6-0 deficit to force extra innings.
After a scoreless 10th inning the Pack scored a pair in the top of the 11th on three hits. Right fielder Nick Sansone was hit by pitch to leadoff the inning and second baseman David Ciarlo followed with a single. Shortstop Chris Siewert singled home Sansone with the first run of the inning and third baseman Jason Rodriguez singled home a run to make the score 8-6 heading into the bottom of the 11th.
The Rainbows got a one-out hit from designated hitter Vinnie Catricala in the bottom of the 11th inning but the Pack turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the game to preserve the 8-6 victory.
The Pack scored first putting three runs on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning. Designated hitter Baker Krukow, and left fielder Terry Walsh started the inning with back to back singles. Right fielder Matt Suleski sacrificed both runners into scoring position for Ciarlo. Ciarlo hit a ground ball to UH third baseman Justin Frash who threw the ball away as both runs scored. Ciarlo moved to second base on the play and stole third base where he scored on Siewert's sacrifice fly.
Walsh delivered a two-out two RBI single in the top of the third inning to make the score 5-0. The first three Nevada hitters of the inning singled and two came around to score. In the top of the fifth Walsh drove in his third run of the game with a triple that scored Krukow who reached on a single.
The Rainbows sent nine players to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning and four scored to close UH within two at 6-4. Second baseman Kevin McDonald drove in two of the runs with a single through the left side of the infield. The scored remained 6-4 until the Hernandez home run in the bottom of the ninth tied the game to force extra innings where the Pack prevailed 8-6.
Matt Renfree(5-0) allowed the two-run homer in the ninth but got the win pitching 4.2 innings of relief allowing the two runs on four hits. Jayson Kramer(3-4) was tagged with the loss after giving two runs on five hits in 7.1 innings of relief.
Walsh(3-for-4,R,3RBI) led the offense with three hits and three RBI. Ciarlo(3-for-5,R,RBI) also had three hits and drove in one in the game. Jason Rodriguez(2-for-5,RBI), Shaun Kort(2-for-5,R), and Krukow(2-for-5,2R) each contributed two hits to the 12 hit attack. Siewert drove in a pair including the go ahead run in the 11th.
Macdonald(2-for-5,2RBI) and Hernandez(2-for-5,R,2RBI) each had two hits and two RBI for the Rainbows.