Trailing by seven runs after six innings, the Nevada baseball team stormed back for a thrilling 11-10, extra-innings victory at Grand Canyon on Tuesday afternoon at Brazell Stadium.
Prior to playing for a share of the Mountain West title later this week, Nevada closed its nonconference slate today at GCU. The Wolf Pack matched its biggest comeback win of the season to stun the Lopes in extra innings. Nevada improves to 31-21 overall on the season. The Wolf Pack has posted a 14-1 record in its past 15 games.
Sophomore TJ Friedl went 4-of-5 with two runs to lead Nevada. Senior Bryce Greager went 3-of-4 with three RBI and two runs, while sophomore Jordan Pearce added two hits and three RBI. Nevada used seven pitchers in the contest, while sophomore RHP Mark Nowaczewski earned the win to improve his record to 5-1.
Greager hit a two-run home run in the second inning for his sixth homer of the season, but it was GCU who jumped out to an early lead. The Lopes scored three in the first and four in the second to lead, 7-2. GCU expanded its lead to 10-3 in the sixth inning after scoring three runs with a two-run homer.
Nevada’s offense caught fire as the Wolf Pack rallied back. Nevada scored three runs in the seventh inning as Brooks and Pearce each hit RBI triples and Greager hit an RBI sacrifice fly. Trailing 10-7 in the top ninth, Nevada scored three runs on two outs to force extras. With runners on the corners, Pearce hit a two-RBI double to make it a one-run game. Senior Justin Hazard then tied the game with an RBI single, scoring Pearce.
The Wolf Pack kept its momentum going to score the win in extra innings. Friedl hit a leadoff bunt single and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Junior Miles Mastrobuoni then scored the game-winning run with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Friedl from second. Nevada improves to 5-2 in extra-inning games this season.
Nevada scored 11 runs on 15 hits with multi-hit games from Friedl (4-5), Bridgman (2-5), Mastrobuoni (2-4), Greager (3-4) and Pearce (2-5). The Pack used seven pitchers, while none logged more than two innings pitched. Junior RHP Ty Pennington and senior RHP Alex Lott each pitched a shutout inning in relief and Nowaczewski kept the Lopes off the board in the final two innings to earn the win.
Nevada returns to action this week at Peccole Park with its final regular season series. The Pack hosts rivals UNLV in Govenor’s Series action, May 19-21. First pitch times are set for 6 p.m. PT on Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday, which will be Senior Day.