The Nevada baseball team vaulted to first place in Mountain West standings Saturday afternoon, defeating San Diego State by an 8-5 margin at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Pack scored eight runs on eight hits to clinch the series victory while improving to 30-9 overall and 15-5 in league play.
With two straight wins over the Aztecs, the Wolf Pack now holds a one-game advantage in the conference standings entering Sunday's series finale. Nevada also became the second fastest team in program history to reach the 30-win plateau while matching last year's conference win total with nine MW games remaining.
Senior RHP Jason Dietrich started on the mound, improving to 5-2 with another consistent performance. The 6-foot-6 righty pitched 6.1 innings without walking a batter, limiting the Aztecs to three runs on six hits. Deitrich leads the Pack in victories the season.
Junior RHP Adam Whitt earned the final seven outs to collect his 13th save of the season. The Carson City native matches Matt Gardner's 2012 program record for saves in a season, and now trails the program record for career saves by three. Whitt allowed two hits while striking out three in the final 2.1 frames.
The Aztecs struck first with a solo home run in the second inning, snapping Nevada's five-game streak of scoring first. Junior Danny Sheehan's second home run of the season put the Aztecs in front, 1-0. Senior Kewby Meyer responded to score the go-ahead run in the third inning, blasting a two-RBI single to left field. Freshman Jordan Pearce followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to put Nevada ahead, 3-1, through three.
The Wolf Pack scored four runs in five hits in the fifth inning, opening a 7-2 lead. Meyer opened the scoring with an RBI single before Pearce hit a two-RBI single up the middle. Senior Ryan Teel's first double of the season scored the final run of the inning.
Senior Jay Anderson hit his first career home run in the seventh frame, putting the Pack in front, 8-2. The right fielder's solo blast cleared the right field fence for Nevada's 35th home run of the season.
San Diego State put a scare into Nevada in the bottom seventh, rallying to load the bases before scoring three runs on two outs to trim its deficit to 8-5. That was all the closer they'd get, however, as Whitt closed the door with a scoreless eighth and ninth to preserve the series victory.
Again, Meyer led the Wolf Pack at the plate with two hits, three RBI and a run scored. The Waipahu, Hawai'i native is 10-of-15 at the plate with eight RBI and five runs in the last three games. Teel and Anderson – a pair of seniors – each tallied two hits to set season-high marks. Senior Austin Byler added three walks and two runs.
The Wolf Pack scored eight runs on eight hits while handing junior RHP Mary Seyler just his second loss of the season. The Aztecs scored five runs on eight hits. Nevada drew 10 walks compared to just two from the Aztecs.
The series finale between the Wolf Pack and Aztecs is set for 1 p.m. PT, Sunday at Tony Gwynn Stadium. With a win, Nevada would secure its sixth series sweep of the season. Sunday's game will be streamed live on the MW Network while Don Marchand will have the call on 1060 AM.