Nevada extended the nation’s longest active win streak with a 6-5, walk-off victory over San Francisco on Tuesday at Peccole Park. Head coach T.J. Bruce and the Wolf Pack has now won 11 straight games to improve to 28-20 overall.
With the game tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Nevada loaded the bases with no outs before senior Justin Hazard stepped to the plate. The designated hitter ripped a single to left field, scoring pinch runner Keaton Smith for the game-winning, walk-off victory.
Nevada’s 11-game win streak is the longest active win streak out of 295 Division I teams, while it matches the fifth-longest win streak in program history. The Wolf Pack last won 11 straight games in 1993, while the program record is 20 straight wins set in 1980.
Junior Trenton Brooks went 3-of-5 at the plate with four RBI and one run. Senior Bryce Greager reached in all five at bats with two hits and three hit by pitch. Sophomore Jordan Pearce also went 2-of-4 with one run and junior Miles Mastrobuoni added two runs. Nevada used six pitchers in the contest while sophomore RHP Mark Nowaczewski (4-1) earned the win after pitching in the ninth.
The Pack took an early lead with one run in the first frame. Mastrobuoni hit a double and scored on Brooks’ RBI single on the left field line. USF tied the game 1-1 in the top third, but Nevada reclaimed the lead with one run in the bottom third as Brooks hit an RBI double to score leadoff batter Bridgman.
The Dons scored one run and forced Nevada to its bull pen in the fifth inning, as junior LHP Anthony Martine finished with five hits and two runs allowed in 4.1 innings of work. Redshirt freshman RHP Charlie Brooks then made his third appearance of the season and pitched out of a bases loaded jam.
Senior LHP Cameron Rowland pitched a scoreless sixth inning before running into trouble in the seventh as USF overtook the lead. The Dons scored three runs on four hits to open a 5-2 advantage. The Wolf Pack responded with three runs on three hits in the bottom seventh to tie the game. Brooks hit a two-RBI single and then scored on Pearce’s RBI single.
Sophomore Cole Krzmarzick hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth inning while Greager singled and Pearce was intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. On a 1-0 count, Hazard scored the game-winning run with a single to left field to score Smith from third base.
Nevada returns to action this weekend with a vital Mountain West series at New Mexico (32-18, 17-7), May 13-15, at Santa Ana Star Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico. First pitch times are set for 5 p.m. PT on Friday and Saturday and noon on Sunday.