Nevada Baseball Wins 4th Straight
The Nevada baseball team won its fourth straight game behind strong pitching, limiting UC Davis to just four hits in a 3-1 victory on Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
The Nevada baseball team won its fourth straight game behind strong pitching, limiting UC Davis to just four hits in a 3-1 victory on Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. The Wolf Pack improves to 11-12, riding its longest win streak of the season.
Senior RHP Zack Wilkins picked up his third win on the mound, allowing one hit in three scoreless innings. Sophomore RHP Mark Nowaczewski pitched three innings in relief, allowing just one base runner on a hit by pitch. Junior RHP Evan McMahan tallied his third save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The Wolf Pack scored one run in the first frame and three in the fifth to lead wire-to-wire. Sophomore Cole Krzmarzick went 2-of-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI, while senior Justin Hazard added two hits.
“I thought we made pitches and defensive plays when we needed to and got just enough runs to pull through,” said head coach T.J. Bruce. “I’d like to see us be more aggressive in situational hitting, but good teams find a way to win when they’re not at their best and that’s what we did today.”
Nevada got off to a quick start as junior Trenton Brooks hit a standup double down the left field line in the game’s first at bat. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Brooks scored on sophomore TJ Friedl’s RBI groundout for the first run of the game.
The Wolf Pack left the bases loaded in the top of the third frame and stranded a pair of runners in scoring position in the fourth. Nevada then picked up all the offense it would need in the fifth inning, scoring two runs on one hit to open a 3-1 lead. The Pack drew three walks to load the bases before Krzmarzick singles to left field, scoring Friedl and junior Miles Mastrobuoni.
Wilkins picked up his team-best third win on the mound in three innings of work before Nowaczewski retired nine straight batters in relief. Junior LHP Anthony Martine and senior RHP Sam Held each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
The Aggies loaded the bases and denied Nevada’s shutout attempt with one run in the eighth frame before the Pack ended the threat with a double play. McMahan capped Nevada’s win with a three-up, three-down ninth inning to earn his team-high third save of the season.
Nevada will return to Peccole Park and to Mountain West play this weekend, hosting a three-game series against San Diego State (6-16, 2-5) on April 1-3. First pitch times are set for 6 p.m. PT on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.