– Sophomores Trenton Brooks and Evan McMahan combined for Nevada's second shutout of the season to lead the 22nd-ranked Wolf Pack to a dominating series opening victory over San José State. Nevada downed the Spartans, 12-0, Friday night at Peccole Park while allowing no runs and five hits.
Brooks, who was recently named to the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award, matched a career-high with five innings pitched while going 3-of-5 at the plate. McMahan pitched the final four innings for his second save of the season. Nevada's five hits allowed matched its second-lowest opponent hit total of the season.
The Wolf Pack improves to 32-10 overall while remaining atop the Mountain West standings with a 17-5 league record. Nevada – ranking eighth in the nation in home winning percentage – improves to 18-2 at Peccole Park this season.
“All around, this was a really solid performance,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “Trenton and Evan were fantastic. On the other side, we took a lot of good at bats and received contributions from up and down the lineup.”
Brooks and McMahan combined to limit the Spartans (10-32, 3-16) to just nine base runners. San José State only reached third base once in the shutout. Brooks – making his first series start of the season - improved to 3-1 on the mound while lowering his ERA to 3.26. McMahan lowered his ERA to 1.53 with his second save.
The Pack scored 12 runs on 18 hits with every starter recording a hit. Nevada has reached double figure scoring and hitting in four of its last six games. Senior Ryan Teel set a season-high with three hits and set a career-high with four RBI. Teel, Brooks (3-of-5), Cal Stevenson (3-of-6) and Bryce Greager (2-of-3) each had multi-hit performances to lead Nevada to its second-largest margin of victory this year.
Both teams were held scoreless in the first three innings before senior Kyle Hunt broke the stalemate with a bases loaded, two-RBI single in the fourth frame. Nevada plated three runs in the fourth and six in the fifth to take control of the game.
The Pack sent 12 players to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring six runs on seven hits. Teel hit a two-RBI single with the bases loaded to open a big inning for Nevada. The Pack loaded the bases again and scored two more runs on Stevenson's two-RBI single to left field. Junior Ryan Howell added an RBI sacrifice fly and senior Austin Byler scored a run with a single down the right field line.
Nevada plated three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to add to an already decisive lead. Teel drove in two more runs with another bases loaded hit before Hunt hit a sacrifice fly.
The Wolf Pack improved its season batting average to .308 with the blowout win, and now boasts seven players batting over .300.
Game two between the Wolf Pack and Spartans will get underway at 2 p.m. PT at Peccole Park. Fans from the Silver and Blue Silver Spring Game at Mackay Stadium are welcome to attend the baseball game at the conclusion of the football's team spring game.