The 22nd-ranked Nevada baseball team scored its most runs since 2004, routing San José State behind 27 runs and 25 hits on Saturday at Peccole Park. The Wolf Pack won, 27-2, after reaching 27 runs for the 11th time in program history. Nevada's 27 runs were the most it has ever scored in a Mountain West game.
The Wolf Pack also tallied its most runs since a 27-9 victory against Louisiana Tech on April 10, 2004. Nevada scored 27 runs in just six innings, scoring in each of the first six frames. Nevada set season-high marks in at bats (49), runs (27), hits (25), RBI (24), total bases (44) and home runs (4). The Wolf Pack improved to 33-10 overall while remaining first in the MW with an 18-5 league record.
Freshman Jordan Pearce went 5-of-7 with five RBI and three runs in his best performance this season, while senior Austin Byler hit two home runs and finished with three hits and five RBI. The Pack received hits from 11 players, including eight multi-hit performances. Nevada has now outscored the Spartans, 39-2, in the first two games of the series to clinch the series victory. The Pack's 27 runs were the most that has been scored by a MW team this season.
“It's not just the numbers or runs, it's the consistency in their approach and they just don't give away outs,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “I think that gives us a chance against anybody in the country, because 27 outs is a lot to get against this group. I've always felt that hitters come around as the season goes on, and ours are just continuing to make progress and take steps forward.”
The Wolf Pack scored early and often, jumping out to a five-run lead after the first frame. Byler hit a two-run homer over the left field fence to open the rout. Pearce added an RBI single before Nevada scored two runs on an error to lead, 5-0, after the first. Nevada tacked on another run in the second inning with a well-executed first and third play. With runners on the corners, Kewby Meyer got caught in a pickle, allowing Ryan Howell to score from third with the defense distracted.
Hunt drew a lead-off walk in the third inning and scored from first on Cal Stevenson's double off the center field wall. Byler put the Pack in front, 9-0, with a two-out homer over the right field fence to score two runs. Byler recorded his fifth multi-homer run game of his career and brought his career home run tally to 37, which ranks tied for first among active Division I players.
The Spartans got on the board with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but Nevada responded with monstrous display in its half of the inning. The Pack sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring 10 runs on 10 hits. At one point, Nevada hit five consecutive RBI hits. Ryan Teel capped the big Pack inning with a three-run homer to left field – his second home run of the season – to put Nevada in front, 19-2.
Howell hit his 13th home run of the season and Nevada scored four runs on four hits in the fifth inning. The Pack added four more runs on five hits in the sixth inning, taking a 27-2 lead through six frames.
Junior LHP Christian Stolo improved to 5-1 on the mound, allowing two runs on four hits in 5.0 innings pitched. Barry Timko, Sam Held, Michael Fain and Zach Wilkins pitched in relied for Nevada. The Wolf Pack held the Spartans to two runs on seven hits.
Nevada used 19 players in the blowout victory. The Wolf Pack went 25-of-49 (.510) at the plate today, improving its season batting average to .314, which ranks seventh out of 295 teams in Division I.
The series finale between the Wolf Pack and Spartans – our #PopulatePeccole game – is set for a 1 p.m. PT first pitch Sunday at Peccole Park. Nevada is expecting a capacity crowd of 3,136 fans, marking the first sell out in Peccole Park's history as a 3,000 seat stadium. The previous largest crowd in Pack history was 2,627 in 2004. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt.