RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada baseball team defeated the Reno Aces, the Triple A affiliate of the MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks, by a score of 7-3 in an exhibition contest at Aces Ballpark tonight. The Wolf Pack and Aces were meeting for the third consecutive year and tonight was the first time the Pack won the annual exhibition.
The game is a fundraiser for Nevada's Dugout Club and the Reno Aces donated $15,000 for the third year in a row.
Pack left fielder Tom Niebergall got things started when he hit the first pitch of the game for a single then stole second base and eventually scored the first run of the night. Center fielder Jamison Rowe followed Niebergall with a bunt single and scored Nevada's second run as part of a three-run top of the first.
The Aces rallied to tie score at 3-3 in the fifth inning but the Pack responded with a four-run sixth. Rowe collected his second hit of the contest in the big inning and also made a diving catch in center field earlier in the game. First baseman Kewby Meyer nearly hit a home run that stayed in the park after bouncing off the top of the fence in right field to drive home a run in the inning.
The Aces pitchers took the mound for both squads and the game lasted just seven-and-a-half innings. The game was played in traditional Spring Training format. Nevada outhit the Aces 9-3.
Nevada opens Western Athletic Conference play on Thursday at New Mexico State with first pitch slated for 5:05 p.m. PT. All three games of the series can be heard on 1450 AM.