Nevada Baseball Loses at Grand Canyon 3-2
Despite leading for the first seven innings of the contest, Nevada (7-4) lost at Grand Canyon (6-6) on Wednesday night 3-2 on a walk-off single in the ninth inning.
Despite leading for the first seven innings of the contest, Nevada (7-4) lost at Grand Canyon (6-6) on Wednesday night 3-2 on a walk-off single in the ninth inning. Junior Dillan Shrum homered in the first inning to tie the team-high with two on the year.
Brad Bonnenfant (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up the walk-off single in the ninth inning. The Lopes’ Nick Ohanian (1-0) picked up his first win of the season after keeping the Wolf Pack hitless through the final 2.1 innings.
Shrum’s solo shot in the opening frame gave the Pack a 1-0 lead, and quickly extended it to two in the second. After senior Weston Hatten hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice by junior Daniel Perry, the outfielder stole third and scampered home on a wild pitch to make it a 2-0 Pack lead.
The Lopes earned a run back in the third, as a two-out double and a subsequent walk and single put GCU on the board. Nevada went through seven pitchers in the contest, with none of them throwing more than 1.1 innings aside from starter Tyler Smith who tossed the first three.
The combination of Cooper Powell, Josh Congress, Dalton Gomez and Grand Ford combined for four scoreless innings, but the eighth inning saw the Lopes tie the game. With the bases loaded and one out, the Lopes scored on a fielder’s choice that almost resulted in a double play that would have gotten Nevada out of the inning unscathed. Instead, it was a 2-2 ballgame heading into the final frame.
After Nevada went down in order to begin the inning, Bonnenfant was able to record two quick outs in the ninth before a single, a hit by pitch, a walk and then the game-winning single resulted in a GCU 3-2 victory.
Nevada will be back in action this Friday to begin conference play at San Diego State. Each game will be streamed on the Mountain West