The Nevada baseball team responded with a dominant 8-1 victory over UNLV on Friday evening at Peccole Park to even the rivalry series. The Wolf Pack (32-22, 19-10) scored seven runs in the sixth inning and took a shutout into the ninth inning, improving to 4-1 against the Rebels this season in Governor’s Series action.
Junior RHP Trevor Charpie and senior RHP Sam Held combined for eight shutout innings to lead the Pack past the Rebels (24-29, 14-15). Sophomore Jordan Pearce hit a three-run home run and went 2-of-3 with four RBI, while sophomore Cole Krzmarzick went 2-of-4 with two RBI and two runs.
Nevada will close the regular season on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT, looking for a series victory to clinch Governor’s Series points in baseball for the second straight season. Nevada will also play for the No. 2 seed in the MW Tournament, needing a victory and a New Mexico loss to clinch the second seed.
The Pack received a pair of dominant pitching performances Friday to stifle UNLV. Charpie started and logged 5.0 shutout innings while allowing just two hits. Held pitched three shutout innings in relief, facing the minimum amount of batters. Nevada held UNLV scoreless with just two hits in 8.1 innings before the Rebels plated a consolation run in the ninth inning.
Nevada drew first blood in the second inning as Krzmarzick hit a leadoff double. After moving to third on senior Bryce Greager’s sacrifice bunt, Krzmarzick scored on Pearce’s RBI sacrifice fly to deep center field.
The Wolf Pack opened the flood gates in the sixth inning after loading the bases on no outs. Krzmarzick lined a single up the middle to score junior Justin Bridgman and junior Miles Mastrobuoni. With two runners on base, Pearce cleared the left field fence for a three-run home run and his third long-ball of the season. Freshman Kaleb Foster followed with an RBI triple against the wind to right field before scoring from third on a wild pitch to make it 8-0.
Nevada scored eight runs on 12 hits with multi-hit games from Pearce (2-3), Foster (2-3), Krzmarzick (2-4), Bridgman (2-5) and Mastrobuoni (2-5). Charpie took the win on the mound, improving his record to 5-3.
Saturday’s regular season finale will begin at 1 p.m. PT, while a Senior Day ceremony will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch. Nevada will be honoring seniors Michael Fain, Bryce Greager, Justin Hazard, Sam Held, Alex Lott, Cameron Rowland, Christian Stolo and Zach Wilkins.