Nevada Hammers St. John's 12-1
Senior LHP Christian Stolo tossed seven scoreless innings and sophomore Grant Fennell drove in four runs, leading Nevada in a 12-1 rout of St. John’s on Friday evening at Peccole Park.
Senior LHP Christian Stolo tossed seven scoreless innings and sophomore Grant Fennell drove in four runs, leading Nevada in a 12-1 rout of St. John’s on Friday evening at Peccole Park. The Wolf Pack (6-11) used 12 runs on 13 hits while allowing a season-low one run to decisively win the series opener against the Red Storm (7-8-1).
Stolo – the reigning Mountain West Pitcher of the Year - pitched seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts to notch his first win of the season. Nevada’s offense came alive late with 11 runs in the fifth through seventh innings as the Pack improved to 5-0 when scoring 10 or more runs.
Fennell went 3-of-4 at the plate, matching a career-high with four RBI while also adding two runs scored. Junior Trenton Brooks went 2-of-3 with two runs and junior Miles Mastrobuoni added two hits, two runs and an RBI.
“Christian (Stolo) set the tone and we followed his lead,” said head coach T.J. Bruce. “I thought we were passive at the plate early but as the game went on and Christian stayed dialed in, we got more comfortable and settled in. We were aggressive at the plate and had some great at bats from the fourth inning on.”
Nevada turned a 5-4-3 double play to escape the top of the first before Brooks hit a leadoff single and scored from third on an error to plate the game’s first run in the bottom of the first.
The Wolf Pack then opened a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, plating six runs on three hits. After a pair of leadoff walks, Mastrobuoni hit an RBI double to left-center to open the scoring. With two runners in scoring position, Fennell plated a pair of runs with a single into left field. Nevada added a pair of runs on a bizarre play as Greager scored on a fielder’s choice and Fennell caught the defense sleeping, scoring from third as St. John’s slowly brought the ball in.
Nevada added three runs in the sixth, expanding its lead to double digits with three runs on four hits in the frame. Mastrobuoni hit a leadoff double and scored on Fennell’s RBI single to right field. Freshman Kaleb Foster followed with an RBI double down the left field line. Junior Justin Bridgman made it 10-0 with a sacrifice fly as Fennell tagged from third.
The Pack stayed hot with two more runs in the seventh frame to lead, 12-0. Sophomore TJ Friedl hit a leadoff double and scored as senior Bryce Greager reached on a throwing error. Fennell then drove in his fourth run of the game with a standup double, scoring Greager from second base.
Stolo pitched seven stellar innings to lower his ERA to 3.94 after allowing no runs with five hits and one walk while striking out six. Senior LHP Cameron Rowland relieved Stolo in the eighth, tossing a 1-2-3 frame. Redshirt freshman RHP Cooper Powell pitched in the ninth inning, while St. John’s avoided the shutout with one run on an error.
Game two of the series between Nevada and St. John’s is set for a 1 p.m. PT first pitch Saturday at Peccole Park.