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Nevada Release

5/12/2017

A bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to sophomore Kaleb Foster scored junior Cole Krzmarzick and Nevada (16-31, 10-14 MW) defeated intrastate rival UNLV (18-33, 8-17 MW) 4-3 in the first of three Mountain West and Governor’s Series games at Peccole Park this weekend.  The fans showed up to see the Wolf Pack win as 1,044 were in attendance as the new Battle Born uniforms were worn for the first time.  It was the third largest crowd of the season and third in a row over 1,000.

With the victory the Wolf Pack improved to 16-31 and 10-14 in MW play while the Rebels fell to 18-33 and 8-17 in the conference.

Game two of the series is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday.  Domestic beers are just $2 for game two and the first 250 fans will receive a rally towel as part of the weekend of promotions.

UNLV wasted little time scoring, as the Rebels got a solo home run from Kyle Isbel leading off the game.  The lead went to 3-0 after a two-run top of the sixth as Cody Howard and Bryson Stott had RBI hits in the inning.

Pack first base Grant Fennell’s first home run of the season got Nevada on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth.  A two-run bottom of the seventh knotted the game at three.  Keaton Smith doubled and scored on Krzmarzick’s double to account for the first run of the game.  Jordan Pearce delivered an RBI single to score Krizmarzick with the tying run.

After UNLV stranded a pair of runners in the top of the ninth, the Pack hitters took advantage of reliever Bryan Menendez in the bottom of the ninth.  Krzmarzick started the inning with a single through the left side of the infield and moved to second on Justin Bridgman’s sacrifice bunt.   Pearce was retired on a strikeout for the second out of the inning and Fennell was intentionally walked.  A walk to right fielder Michael Echavia brought Foster off the bench to pinch hit.  On a full count Foster took the sixth pitch of the at bat and final pitch of the night for an RBI walk-off victory.

Evan McMahan (3-4) earned the victory pitching two scoreless innings of relief for Trevor Charpie who was outstanding in his start.  Menendez (2-2) suffered the loss allowing the run in the ninth.  Rebel started Allan Strong was solid in his 6.1 innings on the mound.

Fennell (2-for-3,R,RBI,HR) and Krzmarzick (2-for-3,2R,RBI) led the Pack with two hits each as the team totaled eight on the night.  Howard (3-for-4,R,RBI) had a game-high three hits for UNLV.

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