Pack Baseball Ends Regular Season with Win over UNLV
The Nevada baseball team clinched Governor’s Series points with a 9-7 victory against UNLV on Saturday at Peccole Park on Senior Day.
The Nevada baseball team clinched Governor’s Series points with a 9-7 victory against UNLV on Saturday at Peccole Park on Senior Day. The Wolf Pack closes the regular season with a 33-22 overall record and a 20-10 Mountain West record, placing tied for second in league standings after being voted sixth in the MW Preseason Coaches Poll.
The Wolf Pack posted a 5-1 record against the Rebels this season to win three Governor’s Series points for the second straight season. Nevada went 2-1 against UNLV in the regular season finale at Peccole Park this week after sweeping the Rebels earlier this season in Las Vegas.
Nevada will now set its sights on the Mountain West Tournament, May 25-29, at Santa Ana Star Field in Albuquerque, N.M. The Wolf Pack will be the No. 3 seed and will open the tournament at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday against the winner of the play-in game between San Diego State and San Jose State.
The Pack scored four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to race past the Rebels on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Keaton Smith went 3-of-4 with two RBI and two runs, and sophomore Jordan Pearce went 2-of-3 with two RBI and two runs. Junior LHP Trenton Brooks took the win on the mound with 6.0 innings pitched.
UNLV scored two runs in the second inning to take an early lead. Sophomore TJ Friedl hit an RBI single in the third inning for Nevada’s first run. The Pack then scored four runs in the fourth frame to rally in front. With two runners in scoring position and one out, Pearce hit an RBI bunt while senior Justin Hazard followed with an RBI sacrifice fly. Friedl then hit a two-RBI triple to hand Nevada a 5-2 advantage.
Nevada kept the momentum going with four more runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-2 lead. Senior Bryce Greager opened the scoring with an RBI double to left field. Pearce followed with an RBI single before Smith hit a two-RBI double down the left field line.
The Pack scored nine runs on 14 hits with multi-hit games from Smith (3-4), Pearce (2-3), Greager (2-3), Brooks (2-4) and Friedl (2-5). Brooks logged six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, improving his record to 5-5. Sophomore RHP Mark Nowaczewski pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to earn the save.
The 2016 Mountain West Tournament will begin on Wednesday in New Mexico. The MW Network powered by Campus Insiders will provide complete coverage, streaming every game of the tournament.
?Nevada Press Release