Pack Baseball Alums Go Deep On Wednesday
Reno, Nev.- Four University of Nevada alumni hit home runs in Major League Baseball on Wednesday. Ryan Church (NY Mets), Chris Dickerson (Cincinnati), Kevin Kouzmanoff (San Diego) and Joe Inglett (Toronto) all blasted home runs for their respective team’s yesterday.
Church, who played four seasons for the Pack from 1997-2000, hit a grandslam in the first inning of the Mets 9-2 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon. The home run was the 11th of the season for the former Nevada outfielder.
An outfielder Dickerson roamed the Peccole Park center field for three seasons from 2001-2003 before he was drafted by the Reds. His solo home run in the fifth inning on Wednesday gave the Reds a 3-2 lead over Pittsburgh but the Pirates rallied for the 6-5 victory. It was his third home run of the season since joining team on Sept. 4.
Kouzmanoff played just one season for the Pack in 2003 but earned Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors in his lone year at Nevada. His home run yesterday came in the fourth inning versus the Los Angeles Dodgers and tied the game at 1-1 but the Dodgers went on to win 6-4. It was the 20th home run of the season for the Padres third baseman.
A four-year member of the Pack from 1997-2000 Inglett played primarily centerfield for the Nevada but has seen time at multiple positions for the Blue Jays this season. Inserted into the lineup yesterday at second base he hit a two-run homer in the third inning that put Toronto on top 2-0 and they went on to defeat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 in 11 innings.
In total nine former Pack players have seen action in Major League Baseball this season and eight are currently on 40-man rosters with their big league clubs.