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Nevada Baseball Tops Saint Mary's Tuesday

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 Nevada Release

4/28/2015

Sophomore RHP Evan McMahan improved to 5-0 on the mound, pitching 5.2 innings of three-hit baseball in No. 29 Nevada's 12-5 victory over Saint Mary's on Tuesday night at Peccole Park. The Wolf Pack improved to 34-11 overall and 20-3 at home this season.

McMahan allowed one run and finished one out from matching a career-high in innings pitched, while junior RHP Zach Wilkins recorded his second save of the season. Junior Bryce Greager drove in a career-high five runs while senior Austin Byler went 3-of-5 with three runs. Nevada scored seven unearned runs on five Gael errors – the most errors the Pack has seen from an opponent this season.

“That was a really good job from McMahan and Wilkins throwing strikes,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “Offensively, I thought we hit well with runners in scoring position. It was a solid effort overall and we're looking forward to getting back out here tomorrow.”

Nevada scored first for the 28th time this season, plating two runs on two hits in the first. Cal Stevenson led off with a double to the wall and Ryan Howell reached on a fielding error. Trenton Brooks scored the game's first run with an RBI single down the line, and Kewby Meyer followed by scoring Howell from third on a fielder's choice.

McMahan recorded eight straight outs before the Gaels got on base. Saint Mary's scored one run in the third via consecutive first-pitch hits. The Pack responded with two runs on three hits in its half of the inning. Meyer scored his second run of the game with an RBI single to right field. With runners on the corners, Greager singled with a bunt and Brooks beat the play at the plate to put Nevada in front, 4-1.

The Pack had two runners on base in the fourth and fifth frames, but the Gaels turned double plays both times to end the threat.  Saint Mary's loaded the bases in the top sixth before Wilkins relieved McMahan and escaped the jam with a groundout to first. Wilkins pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn his second save.

Nevada broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six runs on three hits and three Saint Mary's errors. Pearce and Hunt scored a pair of unearned runs before Meyer drew a bases loaded walk. Greager followed with a big hit for Nevada, doubling off the left field wall to drive in three runs and expand Nevada's lead to 10-1. All of Nevada's runs in the inning came with two outs.

The Gaels rallied with three runs on three hits in the top of the eighth, but Wilkins hung tough and got the final two outs of the inning to end the threat.  Nevada responded with two runs in the eighth as Greager and Pearce each hit RBI singles to push the lead to 12-3.

Saint Mary's scored two more runs on two outs in the top of the ninth, but the deficit was too much to overcome as Wilkins produced a fly out to close the game.

Nevada – leading the nation in scoring – finished with 12 runs on 16 hits. The Pack received multi-hit performances from Byler (3-of-5), Greager (3-of-5), Stevenson (2-of-5), Brooks (2-of-2), Meyer (2-of-4) and Pearce (2-of-5). Saint Mary's used five pitchers in the loss and finished with five runs on eight hits.

The Pack will host the Gaels again on Wednesday with first pitch set for 4 p.m. PT at Peccole Park. Nevada will then have one day off before returning to Mountain West play with a three-game series at New Mexico (24-19, 13-8), May 1-2.
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