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Pack Baseball Routs Aztecs to Pull Even in Conference Standings

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The Nevada baseball team went 3-of-3 with the bases loaded and throttled San Diego State in game one of a key Mountain West series Friday night. The Wolf Pack led wire-to-wire and downed the Aztecs, 14-3, at Tony Gwynn Stadium with 18 hits for the second straight game.

With the victory, Nevada pulls level with San Diego State atop the MW standings as each club's boast 14-5 league records. The Pack improved to 29-9 overall and is one victory away from being the second-fastest team to reach the 30-win plateau in program history.

Nevada tagged junior RHP Bubba Derby – one of the top pitchers in the conference – for seven runs on nine hits. Nevada scored five runs in the sixth and eighth innings and went on to finish with 14 runs on 18 hits. Sophomore RHP Evan McMahan improved to 4-0 with the win in relief while four of Nevada's first five batters in the lineup tallied at least three hits.

“Every guy going down our lineup contributed something tonight and this was a great performance all around,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “Wilkins gave us a solid start and McMahan continued to really bring it for us. Offensively, our lineup was really dialed in and I'm very proud of their approach tonight.”

Nevada scored first for the fifth straight game, plating two runs in the first inning to open an early advantage. With the bases juiced, sophomore Trenton Brooks drove a 1-1 pitch to right field with a two-RBI single.

The Pack added two runs in the fourth frame to lead, 4-1. Senior Kewby Meyer – who has eight hits in the last two games - led off with a single before scoring on junior Bryce Greager's double to left field. Greager then took third on a groundout before scoring on a failed pickoff attempt.

The Aztecs scored a run in the fourth and fifth to trim Nevada's lead to one, but the Wolf Pack blew the doors open with five runs on five hits in the sixth. Meyer led off with a double, took third on a groundout and scored on an error for the first run of the frame. The Pack later scored four runs on back-to-back hits as freshman Cal Stevenson hit a two-RBI double to left center and junior Ryan Howell hit a two-RBI single to left field. Howell's single notched his 49th and 50th RBI of the season.

After a scoreless seventh frame, Nevada hung another five-spot in the eighth inning to take a decisive 14-3 advantage. Senior Austin Byler drew a bases-loaded walk to open the scoring in the eighth. Brooks then cleared the bases with a double, improving to 7-of-9 with the bases loaded this season. Brooks scored on an RBI single from Meyer to plate the final run of the game.

Meyer went 4-of-5 at the plate to lead Nevada, finishing a home run away from the cycle while posting four hits for the second straight game. Every starter in the Pack lineup recorded a hit. Meyer, Stevenson (3-of-6), Howell (3-of-5), and Brooks (3-of-6) each tallied multi-hit games. Nevada went 3-of-3 with the bases loaded and 11-of-26 (.423) with runners on base. The Pack lifted its batting average to .303 on the season.

Junior RHP Zach Wilkins made his first Division I start, logging 3.1 innings in his 14th appearance of the season. The 6-foot-3 righty allowed two runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Sophomore RHP Evan McMahan pitched the final five innings in relief, improving to 4-0 this season. The Las Vegas native kept the Aztecs off the board in the final five frames while allowing just three hits with no walks.

Game two between the Wolf Pack and Aztecs is set for 2 p.m. PT, Saturday at Tony Gwynn Stadium. 

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