With the game tied at one, Brooks Klein hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning to lead Nevada to a 3-2 win over UNLV at Wilson Stadium Saturday. The blast was his second round tripper in as many days, as the ball flew over the right-center field fence to put Nevada ahead for good.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Wolf Pack and improved it to 6-4. UNLV fell to 6-5.
Matt Gardner closed a stellar start from Nevada freshman Tyler Wells, coming in with two down in the eighth and striking out Danny Higa, before getting three outs in the ninth for his fourth save of the season. Gardner forced him to look at a breaking ball over the outer half of the plate for the final strike of the eighth.
Wells went seven innings, giving up five hits and one earned run to move to 2-0 on the year. He struck out four Rebel hitters and walked two. He lowered his ERA to 1.56 on the year.
The Pack trailed early after a run in the bottom of the first from UNLV, the only tally the Rebels would get until the eighth inning. Troy Marks pitched .2 innings in relief for Nevada allowing two base runners. Klein finished the day with two hits in two at bats.
Zak Qualls started for the Rebels and registered a no decision in six innings of work. He was relieved by Mark Shannon, who played center field in Friday's game. Shannon fell to 0-2, giving up four hits and two earned runs in three innings.
The rubber match of the series will begin at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Wilson Stadium.
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