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Nevada Baseball Wins Sixth-Straight Game

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3/20/2015



Senior Kyle Hunt scored two runs with a suicide squeeze bunt in the fourth and Nevada plated three insurance runs in the eighth to win its sixth consecutive game. The 29th-ranked Wolf Pack defeated Cincinnati, 7-4, Friday evening at Peccole Park and will go for the four-game series sweep on Saturday.

Nevada received two superb pitching performances to improve to 19-4 overall and 12-1 at Peccole Park. Senior RHP Jason Deitrich improved to 4-1 while limiting the Bearcats (6-14) to three runs on six hits through six innings. Freshman LHP Jojo Romero allowed one unearned run and just one hit in the final three innings to earn his first collegiate save.

The series finale between Nevada and Cincinnati is set for 1 p.m. PT Saturday at Peccole. The Wolf Pack will aim for its fourth series sweep of the season, which would eclipse last year's total with over half of the season remaining.

“They were playing the infield up and Devencenzi took a big lead off second, then Kyle laid down a perfect bunt down the line to score two big runs,” said head coach Jay Johnson, describing Hunt's suicide squeeze. “We also received two big efforts on the mound from Deitrich and Romero.”

Nevada scored a run in the first two innings to open a 2-0 lead, improving to 12-2 when scoring first. Senior Austin Byler drew a lead-off walk and scored from second on junior Bryce Greager's RBI single in the first. Devencenzi singled to lead off the second before scoring on Hunt's RBI single to center field.

The Bearcats got one run back in the third inning before Hunt's suicide squeeze in the fourth pushed the Pack lead to 4-1. Freshman Grant Fennell singled and Devencenzi walked before being sacrificed into scoring positions. Hunt bunted down the third base line to score Fennell before Cincinnati attempted to throw Hunt out at first. Hunt reached safely while Devencenzi rounded third and beat the throw from first base with a diving slide.

Ryan Noda hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to pull the Bearcats within one run, 4-3.

The Pack kept its poise and clinched the victory with three runs in the eighth inning. Devencenzi and Stevenson led off the frame with singles before the senior catcher scored on a wild pitch. Stevenson scored from third on junior Ryan Howell's RBI single. Byler scored to push the Pack lead to 7-3 on sophomore Trenton Brooks' RBI groundout.

Deitrich, a righty from Graden Grove, Calif., allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in six innings of work. The 6-foot-6 hurler is 4-1 this year with a 2.17 ERA. Romero denied any Bearcat rally attempt with three up, three down innings in the seventh and eighth. Cincinnati scored one unearned run in the ninth while Romero finished with four strikeouts in three innings to earn the save.

Nevada scored seven runs on 11 hits. Howell, Devencenzi, Greager and Hunt led the Pack with two hits apiece. After tallying five RBI in Nevada's first 22 games, Hunt now has six RBI in the past two games. Cincinnati scored four runs on seven hits while using three pitchers in the loss.

Junior RHP Michael Fain (2-0) is slated to start in the series finale. The Bearcats will counter with freshman LHP A.J. Olasz (0-2).

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