The Nevada baseball team scored twice in the first frame but allowed Sacramento State to score the games’ final five runs, suffering a 5-2 setback on Wednesday night at Raley Field.
Nevada (4-8) plated two runs on two hits in the first inning before the Hornets (8-3) limited the Pack to three hits and no runs in the final eight frames. The Wolf Pack grounded into three double plays and went 2-of-15 with runners on base.
Senior Bryce Greager reached base in all four plate appearances with an RBI hit and three walks to lead Nevada. Junior RHP Evan McMahan pitched a scoreless inning in the eighth and senior RHP Alex Lott struck out the side in the ninth inning.
“I thought we jumped on them a bit early and set a good tempo,” said head coach T.J. Bruce. “I thought we relaxed in the last half of the game and were holding on to the win rather than going after it and being the aggressors.”
Nevada struck first with two runs on a pair of hits in the first inning. Junior Trenton Brooks drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on junior Miles Mastrobuoni’s RBI single to left field. Mastrobuoni then advanced to second on a balk and scored as Greager singled through the center field. The Wolf Pack loaded the bases with one out in the third frame, but a 3-6-1 double play ended the threat.
After three scoreless innings, the Hornets finally got to starting pitcher Zach Wilkins in the bottom fourth with two runs on three hits to tie the game at 2-2. Wilkins fanned five batters and allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work before being replaced by senior RHP Sam Held in the sixth inning. Held inherited two base runners in the bottom sixth before allowing a two-RBI single from Gunner Pollman and an RBI single from Dan Deely as the Hornets took a 5-2 lead.
Nevada loaded the bases in the seventh inning with three walks, but the Hornets produced a pop fly to escape the jam. The Pack also threatened with a pair of base runners in the ninth inning before Sacramento State turned a double play to nullify Nevada’s comeback attempt.
The Wolf Pack returns to Peccole Park for its Mountain West home-opening series against New Mexico, March 11-13. First pitch times are set for 4 p.m. PT on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday between the Pack (4-8, 0-2) and Lobos (6-5, 0-0).