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Pack Baseball Beats UNM 17-9 and Clinches Birth in MW Tournament

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The University of Nevada (19-33, 13-15 MW) baseball team won a slugfest 17-9 at New Mexico (28-25-1, 18-9-1) on Friday night at Santa Ana Star Field in a game that lasted four hours and 18 minutes.  With the victory the Wolf Pack earned the fourth and final spot in the Mountain West Tournament.  The tournament will be played at either San Diego State or New Mexico, May 25-28.

Nevada improved to 19-33 with the win and 13-15 in MW play while the Lobos, losers of five in a row, fell to 28-25-1 and 18-9-1 in conference play.  The final game of the series is set for noon PT on Saturday.

The Pack set season highs with 17 runs, 17 hits, 14 RBI, 27 total bases, five stolen bases and tied the season high with 44 at bats.  Individually right fielder Michael Echavia was perfect at the plate going five-for-five and set team highs with five runs scored, five hits, seven RBI and 10 total bases.  First baseman Grant Fennell scored a team season-high five runs and third baseman Jordan Pearce’s three stolen bases is a high for a Pack player this season.

Nevada started the scoring early plating four runs in the top of the first inning.  Junior center fielder Cole Krzmarzick delivered the big blow with a bases clearing double.  Two more runs in the second pushed the Pack’s advantage to 6-0.  Senior shortstop Justin Bridgman stole home to account for the first run of the second inning and Echavia’s first RBI of the night scored the second run.

UNM got a three-run homer from Carl Stajduhar in the bottom of the third inning to slice the Pack’s lead in half, 6-3.  Nevada responded scoring the next six runs.

Nevada continued putting crooked numbers on the scoreboard with three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make it a nine-run game, 12-3.  Echavia’s team leading seventh home run of the season scored the three runs in the fifth.

The Lobos scored the next six runs, two in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth to close within three runs at 12-9.  That would be all the scoring for UNM while the Pack added two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth inning to make the final score 17-9.  Echavia had RBI hits in each of the innings and Fennell scored two with a triple in the eighth.

Mark Nowaczewski (6-5) won his team leading sixth game of the season and third in a row.  Carson Schneider (4-1) suffered his first loss allowing nine runs, eight earned.

Echavia (5-for-5,3R,7RBI,HR) led the Pack with five hits and seven RBI while Krzmarzick (4-for-6,3RBI) had four hits and drove in three.  Bridgman (2-for-5,3R) and Fennell (2-for-4,5R,2RBI) contributed two hits apiece.  Stajduhar (3-for-4,R,3RBI) topped the Lobos with three hits and three RBI.

Notes: 

The 17 runs, 17 hits, 14 RBI, 27 total bases, five stolen bases and 44 at bats were all season highs.

Right fielder Michael Echavia (5-for-5,3R,7RBI,HR) set team season highs with five hits, seven RBI and 10 total bases.

First baseman Grant Fennell (2-for-4,5R,2RBI) scored a team season high five runs.

Senior pitcher Evan McMahan made his 89th career appearance which is one off the school record of 90 held by Rico Lagattuta (1993-96).  McMahan’s 28 appearances this season is tied with Lagattuta (1994) for third most in a season.

Junior Mark Nowaczewski (6-5) won his team leading sixth game of the season.

The University of Nevada (19-33, 13-15 MW) baseball team won a slugfest 17-9 at New Mexico (28-25-1, 18-9-1) on Friday night at Santa Ana Star Field in a game that lasted four hours and 18 minutes.  With the victory the Wolf Pack earned the fourth and final spot in the Mountain West Tournament.  The tournament will be played at either San Diego State or New Mexico, May 25-28.

Nevada improved to 19-33 with the win and 13-15 in MW play while the Lobos, losers of five in a row, fell to 28-25-1 and 18-9-1 in conference play.  The final game of the series is set for noon PT on Saturday.

The Pack set season highs with 17 runs, 17 hits, 14 RBI, 27 total bases, five stolen bases and tied the season high with 44 at bats.  Individually right fielder Michael Echavia was perfect at the plate going five-for-five and set team highs with five runs scored, five hits, seven RBI and 10 total bases.  First baseman Grant Fennell scored a team season-high five runs and third baseman Jordan Pearce’s three stolen bases is a high for a Pack player this season.

Nevada started the scoring early plating four runs in the top of the first inning.  Junior center fielder Cole Krzmarzick delivered the big blow with a bases clearing double.  Two more runs in the second pushed the Pack’s advantage to 6-0.  Senior shortstop Justin Bridgman stole home to account for the first run of the second inning and Echavia’s first RBI of the night scored the second run.

UNM got a three-run homer from Carl Stajduhar in the bottom of the third inning to slice the Pack’s lead in half, 6-3.  Nevada responded scoring the next six runs.

Nevada continued putting crooked numbers on the scoreboard with three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make it a nine-run game, 12-3.  Echavia’s team leading seventh home run of the season scored the three runs in the fifth.

The Lobos scored the next six runs, two in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth to close within three runs at 12-9.  That would be all the scoring for UNM while the Pack added two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth inning to make the final score 17-9.  Echavia had RBI hits in each of the innings and Fennell scored two with a triple in the eighth.

Mark Nowaczewski (6-5) won his team leading sixth game of the season and third in a row.  Carson Schneider (4-1) suffered his first loss allowing nine runs, eight earned.

Echavia (5-for-5,3R,7RBI,HR) led the Pack with five hits and seven RBI while Krzmarzick (4-for-6,3RBI) had four hits and drove in three.  Bridgman (2-for-5,3R) and Fennell (2-for-4,5R,2RBI) contributed two hits apiece.  Stajduhar (3-for-4,R,3RBI) topped the Lobos with three hits and three RBI.

Notes: 

The 17 runs, 17 hits, 14 RBI, 27 total bases, five stolen bases and 44 at bats were all season highs.

Right fielder Michael Echavia (5-for-5,3R,7RBI,HR) set team season highs with five hits, seven RBI and 10 total bases.

First baseman Grant Fennell (2-for-4,5R,2RBI) scored a team season high five runs.

Senior pitcher Evan McMahan made his 89th career appearance which is one off the school record of 90 held by Rico Lagattuta (1993-96).  McMahan’s 28 appearances this season is tied with Lagattuta (1994) for third most in a season.

Junior Mark Nowaczewski (6-5) won his team leading sixth game of the season.

Nevada Press Release

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