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 Senior Austin Byler hit a grand slam and Nevada homered three times Sunday to rout San Diego State, 16-4, and clinch the series sweep at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Wolf Pack scored the game's first 15 runs to run away with a blowout win and expand its lead in the Mountain West standings to two games.

Entering the series one game behind the Aztecs in the MW standings, Nevada made a statement with its first ever three-game sweep at San Diego State. The Wolf Pack were dominant in all three games, outscoring the Aztecs by a 38-12 margin. Nevada improves to 31-9 overall – matching last year's win total with 16 games remaining – and 16-5 in the conference. Nevada also collected its sixth series sweep to double last year's sweep total.

“We took a step forward this week,” said head coach Jay Johnson, who is one win away from his 100th career victory as a collegiate head coach. “We looked like a professional team in the batter's box for three days in a row now. That's (today's win) about as good as it gets, because that's a tough lineup and a good opponent. Our guys were awesome all weekend long and I'm proud of their focus and execution.”

The Wolf Pack belted 18 hits for the third time in the past four games while every starter recorded a hit. Nevada has scored 54 runs on 61 hits in its past four games – all victories. Today, Nevada scored four runs in the first, five in the fourth and six in the fifth to open a 15-0 lead.

Senior Kewby Meyer hit a three-run home run to right field - his third homer of the season – in the first inning to open the rout. The left fielder hit for the cycle on the series against the Aztecs, going 8-of-15 with four singles, two doubles, one triple and one home run. Meyer has raised his batting average to .339 with a 12-game hit streak. Freshman Grant Fennell followed with an RBI double to make it 4-0.

After scoreless innings in the second and third, the Wolf Pack blitzed the Aztecs with four five runs in the fourth frame. Senior Kyle Hunt doubled home a run before the Pack loaded the bases with one out. On a 0-2 count, Byler cleared the left field fence for a grand slam, putting Nevada ahead 9-0. Byler has 10 home runs on the season and 36 for his career, ranking sixth in Pack history in career homers.

Nevada's bats stayed hot with six runs in the fifth inning to score the game's first 15 runs. Hunt hit his second RBI double of the game before freshman Cal Stevenson drove in two runs with a double. Junior Ryan Howell hit his 12th home run of the season – which ranks third in Division I – with a two-run blast to deep left. Meyer hit his fourth RBI of the game with a single to put the Pack in front, 15-0, through five.

Freshman Cole Krzmarzick tallied his first collegiate hit, doubling down the right field line to score senior Ryan Teel for Nevada's final run.

The Aztecs got on the board with two runs on two hits in the bottom sixth and added two more in the ninth, but it was for too little, too late.

Junior LHP Christian Stolo started on the mound, improving to 4-1 with his longest outing of the season. The Reno native allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five and keeping the Aztecs off the scoreboard in the first five frames. After today's outing, Stolo leads the Pack starters with a 3.06 ERA. Junior RHP Alex Lott pitched in the eighth and ninth, allowing two runs on three hits.

Nevada's 18 hits tied for its second-most this season. Byler led Nevada at the dish, going 3-of-5 with four RBI and three runs. Stevenson went 3-of-4 with two RBI and three runs in the lead-off spot. Meyer (2-of-5), Hunt (2-of-4), Fennell (2-of-6) and junior Bruce Greager (2-of-4) added multi-hit performances.

The Wolf Pack will play its fourth road game in four days on Monday, taking on San Diego at Folwer Stadium. First pitch between the Pack and Toreros (22-13) is set for 6:05 p.m. PT. Coach Johnson was an associate head coach at San Diego from 2006-13, helping lead the Toreros to six postseason appearances and a 285-180 overall record.

Nevada Press Release 

4/19/15

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