May 28, 2005
Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada(25-27, 14-15 WAC) pitcher Ryan Rodriguez(11-5) tossed his first complete game of the season to earn his 11th victory of the year as the Wolf Pack defeated Fresno State(30-28, 16-13 WAC) 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. The Pack have won the first two games of the series and three of the five games played this year from the Bulldogs. With the win Nevada is now 25-27 on the season and 14-15 in Western Athletic Conference play while FS dropped to 30-27 overall and 16-13 in conference action.
Rodriguez leads the WAC with 11 wins and also moved into a tie for third place on the Nevada single season list. At one point in the game he retired 12 in a row and 16 of the final 18 hitters he faced in the game. He allowed just one run in the fourth inning and then pitched five shutout innings. In the game he surrendered six hits, walked one, and struck out five to earn the victory.
The Bulldogs got on the score board first with a single run on two hits in the top of the fourth inning. With one down right fielder Chase Moore doubled and with two down left fielder Brian Lapin singled up the middle to score the first run of the game.
Nevada responded with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to go in front 3-1. Designated hitter Derek McNeil was hit with a pitch to start the inning and moved to second base on a successful sacrifice bunt by left fielder Matt Bowman. Catcher Brett Hayes plated McNeil with the tying run driving a single up the middle. Center fielder Jacob Butler then followed with a double to move both runners into scoring position. First baseman Ben Mummy was hit by pitch to load the bases for second baseman Carlos Madrid. Madrid delivered a two-RBI single up the middle that scored two runs to make the score 3-1.
The Wolf Pack added a single run on one hit in the bottom of the fifth inning to increase their lead to 4-1. Bowman drew a walk and moved to second base on a balk. Hayes then singled up the middle to score the fourth run of the game. In the bottom of the seventh inning Nevada scored its fifth run on an RBI single by Butler. Butler's single scored pinch hitter Terry Walsh who reached on a walk. Neither team scored in the last two innings as the Pack prevailed 5-1.
FS starter Doug Fister(7-6) took the loss allowing four runs on five hits in the game while striking out four.
Offensively the Pack had three players who tallied two hits in the game: Hayes(2-for-3,R,2RBI), Butler(2-for-4,R,RBI), and right fielder Shawn Scobee(2-for-4). Hayes, and Madrid tied for game high honors with two RBI each.
Six different FS hitters collected a hit in the game while Lapin drove home the lone Bulldog run.
The final game of the season is slated for Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
NOTE: Nevada catcher Brett Hayes was taken for xrays on his thumb after coming out of the game in the sixth inning after being hit with a foul tip. The severity of the injury and his status for Sunday's game is unknown at this time.