Playing its fourth road game in four days, the 22nd-ranked Nevada baseball team suffered a 13-6 setback to Saint Mary's on Monday at Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels snapped a five-game Pack win streak. Nevada won two-of-three against Saint Mary's on the season after previously downing the Gaels twice at Peccole Park.
The day after the Wolf Pack clinched the Mountain West title, head coach Jay Johnson's club returned to the diamond for the fourth straight day. Nevada allowed its second-most runs of the season as the Gaels (24-24) scored 13 runs on 14 hits. The Pack falls to 38-12 on the season.
Nevada scored six runs on 13 hits but left 13 runners on base. Jordan Devencenzi tallied three hits for the second straight game while Kewby Meyer hit his sixth home run of the season. Five players recorded multi-hit games for Nevada. The Pack used seven pitchers in the loss.
Nevada drew first blood in the second inning on Devencenzi's RBI single with runners on the corners. Ryan Howell followed with an RBI sac fly to plate Jordan Pearce as Nevada lead, 2-0. The Gaels came back with four runs on five hits, taking a 4-2 lead while forcing the Pack to its bullpen in the bottom second.
Meyer trimmed the Gael lead to one run in the third frame. The senior left fielder from Waipahu, Hawai'i hit a solo home run over the right field fence for his sixth homer of the season. Meyer has 12 career home runs. The Gaels followed suit in its half of the inning, reclaiming a two-run lead on catcher Nate Nolan's one-run homer.
Saint Mary's scored four runs in the fifth inning and followed with one in the sixth to lead, 10-3.
Cal Stevenson broke a four-inning scoring drought for Nevada, lining a single up the middle with runners on the corner to score one in the eighth frame. Austin Byler followed with a bases-loaded single to score two runs and trim the deficit to four runs. The Gaels responded with three runs in the bottom eighth to put the game out of reach with a 13-6 advantage.
The Wolf Pack will conclude its nonconference schedule when it returns to the diamond, May 8-10, at Creighton (27-14). First pitch times are set for 4:30 p.m. PT on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. PT on Sunday from TD Ameritrade Park – home of the College World Series – in Omaha, Neb. The Bluejays are currently 10-4 in the Big East and in second place in the conference. Nevada has only played Creighton once in program history.