San José State scored a walk-off run on a bases-loaded hit by pitch to down No. 26 Nevada, 5-4, and take the series opener Friday at Municipal Stadium. The Spartans snapped their eight-game losing streak while halting the Wolf Pack's eight-game win streak.
Nevada overturned a three-run deficit with four unanswered runs before San José State (8-18, 2-8) scored in the seventh and ninth innings to stun Nevada. The Wolf Pack falls to 21-5 overall and 7-3 in Mountain West competition.
The Spartans scored two unearned runs and three runs total in the first inning to open an early advantage.
The Wolf Pack responded with two runs in the second inning to trim the deficit to one. Sophomore Trenton Brooks doubled down the line and senior Kewby Meyer tripled to right field to score Nevada's first run. Junior Bryce Greager followed with an RBI single to make it 3-2.
Freshman Cal Stevenson led off the fifth inning with his second triple of the season before tying the game on senior Austin Byler's RBI single. Byler reached third and scored the go-ahead run on Meyer's RBI sacrifice fly.
San José State tied the game in the seventh inning with one run on two hits before junior Adam Whitt ended the threat with a bases loaded groundout.
Sophomore Brett Bautista led off the bottom ninth with a single for the Spartans before a throwing error put two runners on base. Sophomore Trenton Brooks delivered an intentional walk to load the bases before Whitt returned to the mound. With one out and the bases loaded, sophomore Michael Breen drew a hit by pitch to plate the winning run.
Senior RHP Jason Deitrich started on the hill for Nevada, pitching 3.2 innings in a no-decision. Freshman LHP Jojo Romero pitched three innings in relief while allowing one run and three hits. The Wolf Pack offense received a hit from eight-of-nine starters.
Game two between the Wolf Pack and Spartans will get underway at 1 p.m. PT Saturday at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif.