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Nevada Baseball Ends Regular Season With Split

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 Nevada finished two games on Saturday and had to settle for a series split with Air Force to close the regular season at Peccole Park. The 22nd-ranked Wolf Pack won Thursday's rain-postponed game, 7-6, on a walk-off squeeze bunt in the 11th inning before dropping game two, 5-4, later in the afternoon.

The Wolf Pack closes the 2015 regular season with a 41-13 overall record and a 21-7 conference record. Nevada's 41 wins are tied for the second-most in program history. After winning the first Mountain West title in Nevada's history, the Pack will be the No. 1 seed at the 2015 Mountain West Tournament at Peccole. The conference tourney will be held May 20-24, while Nevada will open postseason play on Thursday, May 21, in the 7 p.m. PT game against an opponent to be determined.

Saturday was a busy day for Nevada in the final day of regular season baseball for the conference. The Wolf Pack honored 10 student-athletes for senior day, finished two games at Peccole and unveiled the conference title trophy after both game.

“The finish to the first game was a special moment,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “The energy in the park when that happened was off the charts and it was a great finish to a close game. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough in game two and I think you have to credit Air Force for that. That was as good of a job pitching anybody has done to us this year.”

Ryan Howell broke a stalemate in game two in the fourth ending, sending a lead-off home run over the left field fence on a 2-1 count. The 6-foot-2 second baseman now has 16 home runs this season, which ranks fifth in Division I and 10th in program history.

Air Force responded with one run to tie the game in the fifth inning. Adam Groesbeck hit an RBI single and the Falcons loaded the bases with two outs. McMahan struck out Tyler Jones to escape the bases-loaded jam. after both teams went scoreless in the sixth and seventh, Air Force loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth inning. The Falcons went on to score four runs on three hits to lead, 5-1.

Nevada mounted its rally in the bottom eighth with three runs on three hits to make it a one-run game. Cal Stevenson singled and Ryan Howell drew a walk before Austin Byler hit an RBI single. Trenton Brooks followed suit, plating one run with a double on a full count. Kewby Meyer hit an RBI sacrifice fly to make it 5-4 and cap a high-scoring inning.

Jordan Pearce and Jay Anderson walked before Kyle Hunt reached on an error to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. Air Force made a play at the plate on a fielder's choice and produced two straight pop ups to end the game.

Nevada finished with four runs on five hits. Stevenson led the Wolf Pack with his 25th multi-hit game of his freshman season, while Howell added two runs and an RBI. Nevada used six pitchers in the loss. 

Nevada Press Release 

5/16/15

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