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Pack Baseball Continues Winning Ways; Takes Series from U.N.M.

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The Nevada baseball team rallied to a series victory at New Mexico, posting a 13-9 victory on Sunday at Santa Ana Star Field in the series rubber match. The Wolf Pack improves to 30-21 overall and is now tied with the Lobos for second in Mountain West standings with an 18-9 Mountain West record.

New Mexico won a one-run game in the series opener on Friday to snap Nevada’s 11-game win streak. The Pack responded with offensive fireworks to even the series with a 17-11 win on Saturday. In the series finale, it was Nevada’s offense that again led the way as Nevada scored 13 runs on 18 hits to notch a big series victory with consecutive wins.

Head coach T.J. Bruce and the Wolf Pack notched its 30th win of the season, which marked the program’s fourth 30-win campaign in the past five season. Nevada also tallied its eighth series win and its sixth MW series win of the season. The Pack improves to 13-1 in its past 14 games.

Nevada matched a season-high with 18 hits and scored four runs in the second inning and five runs in the fourth to race past the Lobos. Junior Miles Mastrobuoni went 3-of-5 with three RBI, two doubles and two runs to lead Nevada. Senior Bryce Greager also went 3-of-5 with four RBI, two runs and a three-run home run. Junior RHP Evan McMahan picked up the win with five innings in relief.

Sophomore TJ Friedl hit a leadoff double to open the game and scored on Mastrobuoni’s RBI sacrifice fly. The Wolf Pack then opened a 5-0 lead with four runs in the second inning. Nevada loaded the bases before Greager drew a hit by pitch. Friedl followed with an RBI bunt single to score senior Justin Hazard while redshirt freshman Keaton Smith scored with an error on the play. Junior Justin Bridgman followed with an RBI single to cap the damage.

The Lobos rallied to the lead with five runs in second inning and one in the third to take a 6-5 lead. The home team’s momentum was short-lived as Nevada responded with five runs in the fourth inning to take a 10-6 lead. Mastrobuoni hit an RBI single before Greager hit his second home run of the series with a three-run shot to left field, marking his fifth home run this year.

UNM pulled within two runs with one run in the fourth and fifth frames. Nevada responded with one run each in the sixth and seventh innings to expand its lead to 12-8. Sophomore Cole Krzmarzick hit an RBI single in the sixth frame and Mastrobuoni followed with an RBI double in the seventh.

After junior RHP Evan McMahan pitched five innings in relief, the Lobos scored one run and loaded the bases in the bottom seventh. Junior RHP Trevor Charpie entered the game and produced a groundout to end the threat. Nevada tacked on an insurance run in the ninth inning as Bridgman hit a leadoff double and scored on Greager’s RBI single.

Nevada scored 13 runs on 18 hits with multi-hit games from Mastrobuoni (3-5), Greager (3-5), Bridgman (3-5), Friedl (2-5), Krzmarzick (2-6) and Hazard (2-5). The Pack also used four pitchers in the win. Junior LHP Trenton Brooks started and allowed five runs in 1.2 innings. McMahan pitched five innings in relief with four runs allowed. Charpie pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and sophomore Mark Nowaczewski closed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Nevada returns to action Tuesday, completing a four-game road swing at Grand Canyon (23-26-1). First pitch between the Wolf Pack and Lopes is set for 2 p.m. PT at Brazell Stadium in Phoenix, Ariz. Nevada will then close its regular season with a three-game series against UNLV at Peccole Park, May 19-21.

Nevada Press Release

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