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Pack Baseball Loses Conference Opener

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Nevada Release

3/4/2016

The Nevada baseball team fell short in its Mountain West opener on Friday afternoon at Air Force in a 5-2 decision at Falcon Field. The Wolf Pack falls to 4-6 overall and 0-1 in league play, while the Falcons improve to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the MW.

Senior LHP Christian Stolo pitched a season-high eight innings for the Pack. The reigning MW Pitcher of the Year allowed four earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Meanwhile, Air Force’s Griffin Jax pitched a gem, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings of work.

Nevada scored two runs on six hits with each hit coming from a different player. Senior Bryce Greager led the Pack with one hit, an RBI and one run scored. Junior Justin Bridgman added a single to improve his reached base streak to 10 games.

“I thought Stolo competed very well,” said Bruce. “Their pitcher was really good, but we made an error, let a leadoff walk score and a passed ball score. A few of the things that we could control got away from us and that was the difference.”

The Falcons struck first with a leadoff walk and consecutive hits in the bottom of the first inning. Bradley Haslam then hit an RBI double, Tyler Zabojnik hit an RBI single and Air Force scored on more run on an RBI groundout to take a 3-0 lead after the first frame.

Nevada attempted to rally with its first scoring inning in the sixth frame. Junior Miles Mastrobuoni drew a leadoff walk, stole second base and then scored the Pack’s first run Greager’s RBI double to the wall. Greager, a returning All-MW selection, later advanced to third base and scored on sophomore Jordan Pearce’s RBI groundout.

The Wolf Pack trimmed the Falcon’s lead in half after plating two runs in the sixth to make it 4-2. Air Force responded with an insurance run in the seventh inning before retiring the side in order in the eighth and ninth frames to close out the win.

The Pack and Falcons return to the diamond on Saturday with first pitch set for noon PT at Peccole Park. Sunday’s series finale will also begin at noon. Both games will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network, powered by Campus Insiders.

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