MESA, Ariz. - University of Nevada (36-21-1) freshman second baseman Cullen Mahoney hit a pinch hit two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Wolf Pack a 5-4 victory over New Mexico State University (36-23-1) in a Western Athletic Conference Tournament elimination game at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz. With the victory the Pack will play San Jose State University (22-36) in a second elimination game at 4:00 p.m. today. Nevada improved to 36-21-1 on the season while NMSU ended its season at 36-23-1.
Trailing 4-2 going to the bottom of the ninth inning catcher Carlos Escobar laced and 0-2 pitch to the left center field gap that bounced over the fence for a ground rule double. Center fielder Waylen Sing Chow's single put runners on the corners for shortstop Kevin Rodland. Rodland's ground ball to short scored Escobar but Sing Chow was retired at second base. Mahoney came off the bench and blasted a 2-0 pitch over the right center field fence to give the Pack the 5-4 victory as they staved off elimination.
NMSU scored the first three runs of the game and held a 3-0 lead after four innings of play. The Pack got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring two runs on three hits. Third baseman Garrett Yrigoyen had an RBI single and Escobar's sacrifice fly plated the second run of the inning.
The Aggies got an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning on first baseman Ben Harty's RBI double but it would not be enough as the Pack rallied for the 5-4 victory.
Reliever Tyler Graham (4-5) pitched 1.2 innings of shutout baseball to earn his fourth win of the season. Steven Anderson (2-2) suffered the loss allowing three runs in 1.1 innings on the mound.
Designated hitter Nick Leid (2-for-3) led the Pack with two hits and scored a run while Mahoney (1-for-1,R,2RBI) drove in two with his fifth home run of the season.
Right field Nate Shaver (2-for-4,R,RBI) and Harty (2-for-4,2RBI) had two hits each for the Aggies. Harty finished with two RBI for NMSU.