San Francisco snapped the 19th-ranked Nevada baseball team's 10-game home winning streak, defeating the Wolf Pack 8-3 on Monday evening at Peccole Park. The Dons won their fourth straight game while ending the Wolf Pack's three-game win streak.
The Wolf Pack has held 4.4 runs below its season scoring average after falling at home for just the second time this season. Nevada was out-hit 14-6 as San Francisco improved to 15-18 on the season. The Pack fell to 26-7 overall.
“Baseball knows which team deserves to be rewarded and they beat us in every phase of the game,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “We didn't have good pitching today and couldn't string any good at bats together. We'll re-group and get back to work tomorrow.”
Junior RHP Michael Fain started on the hill for Nevada, falling to 3-2 with the loss. The 6-foot-6 righty allowed three runs and six hits in 3.2 innings of work as the Dons opened an early 3-1 lead.
Sophomore Trenton Brooks doubled and scored on junior Bryce Greager's RBI single to plate Nevada's first run in the third. The Wolf Pack pulled within one run in the fourth after freshman Grant Fennell reached third on a fielding error and scored on senior Kyle Hunt's sac fly.
Nevada wouldn't get any closer, however, as the Dons went on to score the next five runs. The Pack used five pitchers in relief of Fain, but couldn't quiet a strong offensive effort for the Dons, who finished with eight runs on 14 hits.
The Pack scored one run in the bottom of the ninth. Junior Ryan Howell led-off with a double and scored on Greager's RBI groundout before the Dons ended the game with a strikeout to deny Nevada's comeback attempt.
Brooks led the Wolf Pack with two hits and a run while Greager drove in two runs. Freshman Cal Stevenson and Hunt each drew three walks apiece.
The Wolf Pack will play its annual exhibition against the Reno Aces tomorrow, April 7, at Aces Ballpark. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT. Nevada will return to Mountain West action, April 10-12, at Fresno State (16-17, 7-5). The Pack will be on the road for its next eight games.