Pack returns to Peccole Thursday to play San Jose State
Nevada was six defensive outs from its first series victory of the season on Sunday afternoon at San Diego State.
The Wolf Pack took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the eighth, only for the bullpen to give up six runs. Nevada dropped the finale, 7-2, and sunk to 9-24, 5-10 in the Mountain West. The local squad is yet to win consecutive games this year, falling to 0-9 after victories.
The Aztecs jumped to 23-10, 11-4. New Mexico (18-12-1, 11-2-1) sits in first place.
Pack freshman starter Riley Ohl did not receive a decision but extended his scoreless innings streak to 11.1 before allowing a run in the sixth.
After five scoreless innings, Nevada stuck first with two runs in the top of the sixth. Third baseman Jordan Pearce started the inning with a solo home run to put the Pack on top 1-0. With two down, Grant Fennell doubled and scored on freshman Dillan Shrum’s single.
Nevada plays a non-conference game at UC Santa Barbara this afternoon then continues MW play on Thursday, at home, against San Jose State (12-7-1, 6-7-1). The series was moved up a day to due to Easter on Sunday.
The Wolf Pack was swept in three games in San Jose last month, losing the three contests by three total runs – two defeats coming in extra innings.
Nevada 3, San Diego State 1 (11 innings)
Shrum’s first collegiate blast, a two-run shot in the top of the 11th, powered Nevada to a 3-1 win on Saturday night, evening the series.
The Wolf Pack had dropped six of their previous seven entering the ballgame.
As he’s done all season, Reed alum Mark Nowaczewski continued to take the bump in game two. He did not receive a decision despite throwing six shutout innings while scattering four hits. He fanned three and walked four.
Grant Ford instead got the win, surrendering just one hit over 2.2 scoreless innings.
The Aztecs loaded the bases with one out in the bottom ninth when Ford came on and drew game-saving 4-6-3 double play. San Diego State did not score its lone run until the bottom of the eight on a sac fly.
Before hitting the game winner in the 11th, Shrum’s sac fly put Nevada up 1-0 in the top of the fourth.
SDSU stranded 12 on base in the loss.
San Diego State 6, Nevada 3
The Aztecs broke open a close game Friday night with four runs in the fifth to move in front for good, 5-1. SDSU scored the four runs on four hits and took advantage of a Nevada error to take control.
Both teams added a run in the seventh, the Pack’s came on designated hitter Jed Sprague’s double that scored catcher Marco Valenzuela. SDSU got a solo home run from shortstop Danny Sheehan. Nevada’s final score of the game came in the top of the eighth when center fielder Cole Krzmarzick singled home second baseman Keaton Smith after he started the inning with a single.
Trevor Chapie (1-5) suffered the loss allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings on the mound. Brett Seeburger (6-1) won his sixth game of the season giving up two runs on six hits in six innings of work. CJ Saylor recorded his ninth save of the season tossing a perfect ninth inning.