The University of Nevada (9-26, 5-11 MW) baseball team came up a run short falling 6-5 to San Jose State (13-18-1, 7-7-1 MW) in the first game of three in Mountain West series at Peccole Park on Thursday. The loss dropped the Wolf Pack to 9-26 on the season and 5-11 in MW play. The Spartans improved to 13-8-1 and 7-7-1 in conference play.
Nevada is now 2-9 in one-run games this season and 0-4 against SJSU which have all been one-run losses.
Trailing 6-3 going to the bottom of the eighth inning Nevada scratched out a run to make it 6-4. Third baseman Jaylon McLaughlin started the inning with a single and eventually scored on shortstop Justin Bridgman’s bunt single.
With two down in the bottom of the ninth catcher Marco Valenzuela’s first collegiate home run closed the gap to 6-5. This homer came just after Kaleb Foster was caught off base on line drive that turned into a double play. Pinch hitter Dillan Shrum singled after the home run but a ground out ended the game.
SJSU scored twice in the top of the second inning to take the early advantage 2-0. The Pack scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to move in front 3-2. Second baseman Keaton Smith’s double plated the final two runs of the inning. The Spartans got a solo home run from Chris Williams in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3.
In the eighth Pack reliever Grant Ford retired the first two hitters but a single and walk brought pinch hitter Jack Veasey off the bench. Veasey hit a three-run shot that scored the winning runs as the Spartans led 6-3 and went on to win 6-5.
Hilario Tovar (2-2) earned the win while Ford (3-3) was tagged with the loss. Josh Goldberg (3) pitched two innings to earn his third save of the season.
Foster (3-for-4,R) and Valenzuela (3-for-5,2R,RBI) led the Pack with three hits each as Nevada totaled 14 in the game. Smith drove home two with his double.
Joseph Stefanki (3-for-5,R) and Kyle Morrison (3-for-4) topped SJSU with three hits apiece. Veasey’s homer was good for a game-high three RBI.