Needing a win to secure the outright Western Athletic Conference championship the University of Nevada (31-23, 11-7 WAC) baseball team dropped the series finale 8-3 at Hawai`i (30-23, 10-8 WAC) Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 4,793. The loss dropped the Wolf Pack 31-23 overall and 11-7 conference play while the Rainbows improved to 30-23 and 10-8 in WAC play.
The Wolf Pack will either be seeded second or third in next week's WAC Tournament in Meza, Ariz. A win by New Mexico State over San Jose State tomorrow and Nevada will be the third seed. If SJSU defeats the Aggies the Pack would earn the second seed and receive a first round bye. The tournament gets underway on Wednesday.
Nevada scored twice in the top of the third but a six run bottom of the inning by UH was too much to overcome. The final two runs of big inning scored on an error that allowed the runs to cross the plate. The Rainbows added two more runs in the eighth inning to make the final score 8-3.
Troy Marks (1-4) lost his fourth game of the season allowing five runs, four earned in 2.1 innings on the mound. Jon Flinn (2-1) earned the victory pitching seven innings and gave up three runs but just one was earned. Riley Welch (1) pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season.
Jay Anderson (2-for-4,R) led the Pack with two hits in the game and Austin Byler had Nevada's lone RBI.
Four UH hitters collected two hits in the game as they totaled 13 on the night.
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