Nevada Baseball Falls in First Round of MWC Tournament
The University of Nevada baseball team fell to Mountain West foe New Mexico 7-2.
The University of Nevada baseball team fell to Mountain West foe New Mexico 7-2 tonight in the first round of the MW Championship. Trevor Charpie took the loss for the Wolf Pack, while Tyler Stevens of the Lobos pitched a complete game and got the win.
The offense came early for the Wolf Pack in the first inning, starting with a Justin Bridgman leadoff walk. With two outs, Mike Echavia continued his hot hitting at Santa Ana Star Field by hitting a two-run home run over the left field wall to give Nevada a 2-0 lead after the first frame.
Stevens was lights out after that first inning, keeping the Wolf Pack scoreless for the final eight frames of the game. The Lobos’ ace only allowed seven hits while fanning eight Wolf Pack batters.
Nevada had chances to score, as it put multiple runners on base in the third and fifth innings but were never able to push any more runs across. The Lobos used a big fourth inning that included two sacrifice flies that tied the game and an RBI single by Andre Vigil that ended up being the game-winner for New Mexico, as they led the Pack 3-2 after four.
New Mexico would tack on a run in the fifth with another sacrifice fly, and would all but seal the deal with a three-run seventh inning that made the score 7-2. Ty Pennington would pitch the final two innings for the Wolf Pack and shutdown the Lobos, but the Nevada offense would not push any more runs across the rest of the game.
Freshman Dillan Shrum was the only member of the Wolf Pack with at least two hits in the contest. Jared Mang and Carl Stajduhar had two hits apiece for the Lobos. Stajduhar also had two RBI and a triple for New Mexico.
The Wolf Pack will face Fresno State tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT in a win-or-go-home scenario for both teams. The MW foes each went 3-3 in head to head contests against each other this season. First-team All-MW pitcher Mark Nowaczewski will be on the mound for Nevada tomorrow, and the game will be livestreamed on the MW Network.