Junior Justin Bridgman went 4-of-5 with three RBI and two runs as the Nevada baseball team defeated San Jose State, 11-8, Friday night at Peccole Park. The Wolf Pack has matched a season-best with seven straight wins, improving to 25-20 overall and 14-8 in Mountain West play.
Nevada made history in the process, tallying its 800th all-time Division I victory. The Wolf Pack is 800-583-3 overall in its 25th season since joining Division I prior to 1992.
Bridgman led Nevada with his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. Junior Miles Mastrobuoni went 2-4 and matched a career-high with four RBI, senior Bryce Greager went 3-4 with one run and one RBI, and junior Trenton Brooks went 2-of-4 with two RBI and one run. Senior LHP Christian Stolo started and logged 5.2 innings, while sophomore RHP Mark Nowaczewski earned the win in relief.
San Jose State struck first with three runs in the second inning and one in the fourth to open a 4-0 lead with back-to-back doubles in both innings. Nevada then rallied on two outs in the bottom third with three runs to trim the deficit to one. Mastrobuoni hit a 2-RBI single through the right side and Brooks followed with an RBI double down the left field line.
Nevada then rallied to the lead in the fifth inning with three runs on four hits to jump in front, 6-5. Bridgman hit a leadoff double and scored as Mastrobuoni hit his fourth triple of the season. Brooks followed with a double to right field, scoring Mastrobuoni to tie the game. Greager then put the Wolf Pack in front with a sacrifice fly as Brooks scored from third base.
The Spartans reclaimed the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth inning, which marked the end of Stolo’s outing. The Pack tied the game 7-7 in its half of the inning as Mastrobuoni hit an RBI, sacrifice bunt to score sophomore TJ Friedl.
The Pack broke the stalemate and took the lead for good with four runs in the seventh inning. After two leadoff hits, senior Justin Hazard hit an RBI sacrifice fly to give Nevada the lead. The Wolf Pack then loaded the bases and Bridgman came up clutch with a two-out triple to center field, clearing the bases to make it 11-7.
Nevada scored 11 runs on 14 hits with its third straight game in double digit scoring. Bridgman (4-5), Greager (3-4), Mastrobuoni (2-4) and Brooks (2-4) tallied multi-hit games. Stolo allowed seven runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. Nowaczewski took the win with 2.1 scoreless innings. Junior RHP Evan McMahan closed the game out in the ninth inning for Nevada.
The Pack and Spartans will return to action on Saturday with first pitch set for 6 p.m. PT at Peccole Park.