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22nd Ranked Nevada Rallies Past Creighton

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 Nevada Release

5/8/2015

Junior RHP Adam Whitt set the program record for saves in a season and helped No. 22 Nevada win a nail-biter in its first-ever game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The Wolf Pack (39-12) downed Creighton, 5-4, Friday night behind two scoreless innings from Whitt and Bryce Greager's go-ahead, two-RBI single in the eighth inning.

The first meeting between Nevada and Creighton since 1992 saw four lead changes with the Pack coming out on top. Trailing by one in the eighth with two runners in scoring position, Greager singled to right field and scored the deciding runs. Whitt – the righty from Carson City – allowed just one hit in the two final innings to deny Creighton's rally effort.

Nevada – the Mountain West champions - improves to 39-12 overall, which is tied for the third most wins in program history. The Pack has now tallied its most road wins since 2000 after improving to 18-9 on the road this year. Nevada is 9-2 in games following a loss.

“Some Pack fans will be surprised to hear me say this, but this is our best win of the season,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “To come into a tough environment like this after a long travel day and find a way to win was big from our guys. What a great win.”

Nevada tied the game twice in the second and third innings after Creighton scored first. After Greager doubled to the corner, Jay Anderson tallied his fifth RBI of the season with a single up the middle to level the game at one apiece in the second. The Pack tied the game at 2-2 in the third frame as Trenton Brooks hit a sacrifice fly to notch his 50th RBI of the season.

The Pack took its first lead of the game in the fifth inning. Kyle Hunt walked and Cal Stevenson singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Ryan Howell put the ball in play to score Hunt from third despite Creighton turning a double play.

Nevada chased Creighton's starting pitcher in the top sixth, while Brooks was relieved in the bottom sixth after allowing a lead-off base runner. The Bluejays put two runners in scoring position on freshman LHP Jojo Romero before sophomore Kevin Connolly hit a two-RBI single to put Creighton in front, 4-3.

Austin Byler and Brooks tallied lead-off singles to open the eighth before reaching scoring position on Kewby Meyer's groundout. Greager – the reigning MW Player of the Week – hit a 1-0 pitch to right field to score Byler and Brooks for the game-winning runs.

Whitt retired the Bluejay's 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning. After allowing a two-out single, Whitt recorded his 42nd strike out of the season to end the game. Whitt finished with one base runner and two strikeouts in 2.0 innings in his record performance. Hs 14th save of the season eclipses Matt Gardner's 2012 program record (13). Whitt ranks tied for third in the nation in saves.

Nevada scored five runs on nine hits while improving to 12-4 when going without an error. Greager, a native of Fountain Hills, Ariz., went 2-of-2 with two RBI and a run to lead Nevada. Stevenson (2-of-5) and Byler (2-of-3) also recorded multi-hit games. Nevada used four pitchers as junior Zach Wilkins (2-0) earned the win in relief and Whitt tallied the save.

The Bluejays (24-18) scored four runs on eight hits while using five pitchers in the loss. 

Game two between the Pack and Bluejays is set for a noon PT (2 p.m. local time) first pitch Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. Nevada will be attempting to become the third team in program history to reach 40 wins in a season. 


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