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Nevada Uses Long Ball to Beat New Mexico

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 Nevada Release

5/1/2015

Sophomore LHP Trenton Brooks pitched 6.1 scoreless innings and improved to 4-1 on the mound, leading No. 28 Nevada to a decisive series opening victory over New Mexico. The Wolf Pack hit three home runs and routed the Lobos, 8-1, Friday night at Lobo Field.

The Wolf Pack improves to 36-11 overall and 19-6 in Mountain West competition. Nevada won with ease while San Diego State defeated UNLV, which means the Pack's conference lead remains at two games over the Aztecs. Nevada recorded its 15th road win of the season, which ranks tied for third in the nation.

Brooks – a candidate for the Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award – set a career-high in innings pitched and tallied two hits and two runs. Nevada held the Lobos to one run on four hits. The Wolf Pack hit three long balls and scored all but one of its eight runs via homers. The 4-5-6-7 spots in Nevada's lineup tallied eight of the team's 10 hits.

“We were a little shaky in the first inning but we responded immediately and kept it going from there,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “The pitching was outstanding with Trenton (Brooks) and Jojo (Romero). I'm really proud of our guys. We have to go out and do it again tomorrow now.”

The Pack escaped runners on the corners in the bottom of the first and scored four runs in the second inning to seize momentum. Brooks led off with a bunt single before senior Kewby Meyer hit his fourth home run of the season with a two-run shot to right field. Bryce Greager followed with a walk, setting freshman Grant Fennell up for his first collegiate home run – a two-run blast over the right field fence.

Brooks eclipsed his previous season-high of five innings pitched, keeping New Mexico scoreless through 6.1 innings before being relieved after walking two batters in the seventh. The Alpine, Calif., native finished with no runs on two hits and four walks in his fourth start of the season.

Senior Jordan Decenvenzi hit a lead-off double – his ninth double of the year – to open the seventh inning. Nevada plated Devencenzi's run with consecutive sacrifice bunts and sacrifice flies, taking a 5-0 lead.

Greager – the junior third baseman from Fountain Hills, Ariz. – put the game away with a three-run homer in the eighth inning. Brooks doubled and Meyer singled to put two runners on base before Greager sent the first pitch of his at bat screaming over the left field fence. Greager has five homers and 37 RBI on the season.

New Mexico plated a consolation run to stave off a shutout in the bottom of the ninth inning before freshman LHP Jojo Romero got the final out with the bases loaded. Brooks and Romero held New Mexico – the league's second-best offense – to one run on four hits.

Brooks (2-of-3), Meyer (2-of-4), Greager (2-of-3) and Fennell (2-of-3) each had multi-hit games, batting consecutively in the lineup. Greager led Nevada with two hits, three RBI and two runs. Nevada, the nation's highest scoring offense, scored eight runs on 10 hits.

Game two between the Pack and Lobos is set for 1 p.m. PT, Saturday at Lobo Field. Junior LHP Christian Stolo (5-1, 3.11) is slated to start for Nevada, while New Mexico will counter with freshman RHP Tyler Stevens (2-3, 2.78).
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