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Nevada Baseball Falls at UC Irvine

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Nevada Release

2/27/2016

The Nevada baseball team fell short in its series opener against UC Irvine, suffering a 4-1 setback on Friday night at Anteater Ballpark. The Wolf Pack falls to 3-3 on the season after the Anteaters (3-3) snapped its three-game win streak.

Nevada scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning, but UC Irvine rallied with four straight runs to notch its first home win of the season. Senior LHP Christian Stolo took the loss on the mound despite allowing just one earned run in five innings of work. Senior Justin Hazard and sophomore TJ Friedl led Nevada with two hits apiece.

“We fell behind in counts, had poor base running and we didn’t field our positions very well defensively,” said head coach T.J. Bruce. “Those three things combined make it very tough to win a college baseball game.”

Both teams went three-up, three down in the first inning before Stolo stranded a pair of Anteaters runners on base in the bottom second and UC Irvine’s Elliot Surrey stranded a pair of Pack runners on base in the top of the third.

Nevada broke the stalemate in the fourth inning as Nevada loaded the bases with two outs. Senior catcher Justin Hazard’s infield hit resulted in a throwing error from the Anteaters as senior Bryce Greager raced home from third to make it 1-0 in favor of the Pack.

UC Irvine responded by loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fourth inning before tying the game with a suicide squeeze bunt. Stolo worked his way out of the inning with just one run allowed following a strikeout to end the threat. The Anteaters then took the lead in the fifth inning as Keston Huira – the reigning Big West Freshman of the Year – hit a solo home run to make it 2-1.

Junior RHP Ty Pennington took the mound in the sixth inning as Stolo finished with two runs – one unearned – on five hits in five innings of work. UC Irvine plated two runs on two hits with one error from Nevada, taking a 4-1 lead through six frames.

Senior RHP Alex Lott pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and only allowed one hit while junior LHP Anthony Martine made his Wolf Pack debut, striking out a batter to end the eighth inning.

Sophomore Jordan Pearce hit a lead-off single in the ninth inning and Hazard reached on a walk but the Wolf Pack couldn’t rally any closer.

Nevada scored one run on seven hits with two errors, while UC Irvine plated four runs with eight hits and one error.

The Wolf Pack and Anteaters return to the diamond on Saturday with first pitch in game two of the series set for 2 p.m. PT at Anteater Ballpark.

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