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Nevada Loses in Front of Sellout Crowd

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 The 22nd-ranked Nevada baseball team had to settle for a series victory after dropping game three to San José State on Sunday. The Wolf Pack were upset, 6-4, in front of a sold out crowd of 3,136 fans - the largest crowd in Peccole Park history.

The Spartans scored four runs in the first inning – two more than they scored in the first two games of the series – to hand Nevada just its third loss at Peccole. The Wolf Pack scored three runs in the fifth to trim the deficit to one run, but couldn't rally for a sweep. Nevada falls to 33-11 overall and 18-6 in the Mountain West.

Today's sell out was the first in Peccole Park's history as a 3,000 seat stadium. Nevada's crowd today eclipsed its previous highest crowd since 2004, when 2,627 fans watched the Pack host Rice.

“Tip your cap to San José State for playing a good game, particularly their pitchers; Kuhaulua and Brown,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “We have to give a big thanks to the crowd for today's atmosphere. This is a special place and we hope our fans continue to come out like that.”

After scoring just two runs with 12 hits combined in the past two games, the Spartans got off to a hot start with four runs on five hits in the fifth inning. Nevada went to the bullpen early and junior LHP Cameron Rowland and freshman LHP Jojo Romero shined in relief, combining to allow just two runs in the final seven innings.

In Nevada's second at bat of the game, junior Ryan Howell cleared the left field fence with a towering one-run home run. The 6-foot-2 second baseman now ranks tied for fourth in Division I with 14 home runs on the season. The Spartans also went yard in the top of the fifth inning, but Nevada responded with three runs to trim the deficit to one in the bottom fifth.

Jordan Pearce led off with a double off the wall before scoring on Ryan Teel's single down the line. Teel scored from third on a wild pitch. With runners on the corners, Austin Byler reached on a fielder's choice and allowed Hunt to score from third, cutting San José State's lead to 5-4.

SJSU's Brett Bautista hit an RBI single in the top of the sixth to push the Spartan lead back to two. The Spartans threatened to do more in the seventh with runners on the corners and one out, but Kyle Hunt turned a 6-4-3 double play to escape the inning.

Nevada has runners on first and second in the sixth and put two runners in scoring position in seventh, but couldn't rally any further.

Pearce led the Pack with another strong hitting display, going 3-of-3 at the plate with a double, walk and one run. The freshman from Oceanside, Calif., went 8-of-10 on the series and lifted his batting average to .276 on the season. Teel and Howell each added a hit, RBI and run. Rowland allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work. Romero pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing no runs and three hits.

The Wolf Pack will return to the diamond on Tuesday and Wednesday, hosting Saint Mary's (22-19). First pitch times are set for 6 and 4 p.m. PT at Peccole Park. 

Nevada Press Release 

4/26/15

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