University of Nevada (18-33, 12-15 MW) senior Trevor Charpie pitched his first complete game of the season as the Wolf Pack defeated Mountain West leading New Mexico (28-24-1, 18-8-1) 5-2 at Santa Ana Star Field on Thursday night. It was Charpie’s third career complete game as he won for the third time this season.
The Pack needed to win two of the three games from the Lobos to earn the fourth and final spot in MW Tournament next week. After tonight’s win the Wolf Pack need to win one of the final two games in Albuquerque. Game two is set for 5:30 p.m. PT on Friday night.
With the victory the Pack improved to 18-33 and 12-15 in MW play. The Lobos, losers of four in a row, fell to 28-24-1 and 18-8-1 in conference action.
UNM scored two runs in the bottom of the first on three hits. Carl Stajduhar and Danny Collier each had RBI hits in the inning. That would be all the scoring for the Lobos as Charpie pitched eight shutout innings to earn his third win of the season.
In the top of the third inning Nevada sent eight batters to the plate and three scored to take a 3-2 lead. The inning started with consecutive singles from Jordan Pearce, Grant Fennell and Mike Echavia to load the bases. A balk by UNM pitcher Tyler Stevens scored Pearce while the other two runners moved into scoring position for Chase Grant who delivered a two RBI single to put the Pack up to stay.
In the fifth Grant hit a two-out triple to right center field and scored on Cole Krzmarzick’s infield single and it was two-run cushion for the Wolf Pack, 4-2. Nevada’s final run came in the seventh when Echavia singled and scored with two down on Krzmarzick’s double down the right field line to make the final score 5-2.
Charpie (3-6) allowed just two runs on five hits and struck out five in the game to earn the victory. In the final six innings he allowed just one hit and one walk for a total of two base runners. Stevens (6-6) suffered the loss allowing four runs in six innings on the mound.
Nevada tied its season-high with 15 hits in game as seven players collected two hits each; Justin Bridgman (2-for-5), Pearce (2-for-5,R), Echavia (2-for-5,2R), Grant (2-for-5,R,2RBI), Krzmarzick (2-for-4,2RBI), Marco Valenzuela (2-for-4) and Keaton Smith (2-for-4). Grant and Krzmarzick had two RBI apiece on the night.
Carl Stajduhar (2-for-3,R,RBI) and Danny Collier (2-for-4,RBI) had two hits and an RBI each.
Freshman Dillan Shrum had his 11-game hit streak and 29-game streak of reaching base snapped.