– Junior RHP Michael Fain provided his longest outing of the season but Santa Clara quieted a typically potent Nevada offense on Monday night at Stephen Schott Stadium. The Broncos downed the No. 26 Wolf Pack, 3-0, as Nevada was shutout for the second time this season.
Fain pitched into the eighth inning in one of his best performances of the season to do his part on the mound. Santa Clara (14-13) limited Nevada – who entered the game ranked 16th out of 295 Division I teams in scoring offense (7.4) – to just four hits to spoil Fain's performance.
The Wolf Pack falls to 23-6 overall while closing a four-game road swing in California with a 2-2 record. Nevada will return to the diamond this week, April 2-4, hosting rivals UNLV at Peccole Pack.
Fain – a 6-foot-6 hurler from Clovis, Calif. – pitched 5+ innings for his third consecutive start. The righty pitched 7.1 innings while allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out a season-high five compared to just one walk. It was Fain's longest outing since his complete game against Air Force in a 5-1 victory on March 21, 2014.
The Broncos did all their damage in the third inning, the lone scoring frame of the game, with three runs on four hits. Sophomore Stevie Berman hit a two-run home run over the left field fence before junior Kyle Cortopassi hit an RBI single for Santa Clara.
Senior Jordan Devencenzi tallied Nevada's first hit of the game in the top of the third while senior Kyle Hunt doubled to right center in the fourth. The Wolf Pack stranded two runners on base in the fourth and fifth innings and finished with eight LOB.
Devencenzi, Hunt, junior Bryce Greager and senior Kewby Meyer led the Wolf Pack with one hit a piece, but Nevada's top four batters in the lineup were held without a hit. Junior RHP Alex Lott relieved Fain in the eighth inning and got the final two outs.
Nevada will return to Peccole Park and Mountain West competition this week, hosting UNLV for a three-game series. The Governor's Series battle between the Wolf Pack and Rebels is set for April 2-4 at Peccole. Game one will get underway at 6 p.m. PT on Thursday. Nevada took two-of-three games against the Rebels to win the series in Las Vegas earlier this season. The Governor's Series is currently tied, 12-12.