The University of Nevada (28-24, 15-14 MW) baseball team lost a Mountain West slugfest 17-9 at UNLV (32-21, 19-10 MW) in a Governor’s Series contest tonight. The loss leaves the Wolf Pack at 28-24 on the season and 15-14 in MW play while the Rebels improved to 32-21 and 19-10 in conference action.
The Wolf Pack sits in fourth place in the MW standings with one game remaining in the regular season. The Pack must win at UNLV on Saturday coupled with loss by San Diego State at Fresno State to finish in a tie with the Aztecs for third at 16-14. Nevada holds the tiebreaker with SDSU and would earn the third seed in next week’s MW Championship in Las Vegas.
The two teams combined for 26 runs and 33 hits on Friday night in Las Vegas. Tonight’s game started well for the Pack scoring three runs in the top of the first inning on four hits. Left fielder Kewby Meyer’s school record 26th double of the season started the game and first baseman Austin Byler followed with his 14th home run of the year and it was 2-0. Third baseman Bryce Barger also had an RBI single in the inning to make it 3-0.
The 3-0 advantage was quickly erased as UNLV scored eight times in the bottom of the first inning off Pack starter Barry Timko who recorded just two outs before being lifted from the game. The Rebels scored multiple runs in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings to total 17 on 18 hits.
The Pack scored single runs in the second, fifth and sixth along with three in the seventh to finish with nine runs on 15 hits.
Timko (6-3) suffered the loss allowing eight runs, seven earned in his outing. Bryan Bonnell (6-5) earned the win giving up six runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings on the mound.
Meyer (3-for-4,R,RBI), Barger (3-for-5,R,RBI) and second baseman Scott Kaplan (3-for-5,R,RBI) all had three hits for the Pack. Catcher Ryan Teel (2-for-2,R,3RBI,HR) and center fielder Jay Anderson (2-for-5,2R) contributed two each. Byler drove in two with his home run and Teel’s second home run of the year scored three.
T.J. White (4-for-5,3R,RBI) finished with a game-high four hits as six UNLV hitters had multiple hits in the game. Justin Jones, Patrick Armstrong, Eric VanMeetren and A.J. Hernandez each drove in three runs in the game.
The final game of the series is set for 1:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.