Sophomore Trenton Brooks went 3-of-5 with two RBI while pitching 2.1 innings in relief, leading No. 26 Nevada to a 4-2 victory over San José State on Sunday at Municipal Stadium.
After dropping game one in a nail-biter, the Wolf Pack responded with blowout 21-run win on Saturday and today's 4-2 series clinching victory. Nevada improves to 23-5 overall and 9-3 in Mountain West competition. The Wolf Pack has now won all seven of its three-game series this season.
“To win a Mountain West series on the road, no matter where you are at, is an accomplishment,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “We made a point of emphasis this season to play better on the road, and we did that this weekend and recovered from Friday's hiccup.”
Nevada scored the game's first four runs to open a lead the proved too much for the Spartans to overcome. After being held scoreless through two, senior Austin Byler opened the scoring in the top of the third with an RBI double down the line. Brooks followed with a single to center, scoring Byler to make it 2-0 through three frames.
The Wolf Pack plated two more runs in the fifth inning, taking a 4-0 lead that proved to be decisive. Byler drew a lead-off walk and junior Ryan Howell followed with a single to left field. Brooks tallied his 31st RBI of the season with a single to left field. Senior Kewby Meyer drove in Nevada's final run, scoring Howell from third with a sac fly.
Junior LHP Cameron Rowland made his fourth start of the season, improving to 3-2 on the mound. The 6-foot-3 lefty pitched into the sixth inning while allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Rowland has a 3.41 ERA in his first season with the Wolf Pack. Brooks, a 2014 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, allowed one run in 2.1 innings in relief.
Junior RHP Adam Whitt earned the final out of the eighth inning before retiring the side in order in the ninth, earning his 11th save. The Carson City native entered the weekend tied for first in Division I in saves. Whitt is two saves away from matching Matt Gardner's (2012) program record for saves in a season.
The Spartans scored one run in the sixth and one in the eighth, but it wasn't enough to overturn Nevada's lead. The Wolf Pack stranded 10 Spartans on base and pitched out of three bases-loaded jams.
The Wolf Pack scored four runs on 11 hits with no errors. Brooks led Nevada with a three-hit performance, while Greager (2-3), Howell (2-5) and Byler (2-2) each finished with two hits.
Nevada will return to the diamond Monday, closing a four-game road swing at Santa Clara. Action between the Wolf Pack (23-5) and Broncos (13-13) will get underway at 6 p.m. PT from Stephen Schott Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.