Nevada managed to take one game off San Diego State, winning on Sunday, 7-3, after dropping the first two of the weekend.
The Wolf Pack (4-11, 2-4) has now won just two of its last nine and dropped all four series this season. The Aztecs improved to 10-6, 2-1 in the Mountain West.
Sacramento State comes to Peccole on this afternoon (2 p.m.) then Utah visits on Wednesday (1 p.m.) before Nevada returns to Mountain West play this weekend at San Jose State.
Nevada 7, San Diego State 3
Jed Sprauge started a three-run bottom of the seventh in Sunday’s series finale with an RBI double down the left-field line.
The big inning stretched Nevada’s lead to 7-3, where the score finished for Nevada to salvage the final game of the three-game set with San Diego State on Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park.
Ty Pennington and Evan McMahon threw scoreless eighth and ninth innings respectively to preserve the win and snap a four-game skid.
Freshman Riley Ohl picked up the win in his first career start. He scattered seven hits over 5.2 innings and was charged with two runs. He struck out two and walked two.
Nevada led 4-1 after three innings, but saw that lead trimmed to 4-3 in the top of the seventh on a solo blast. The Pack immediately answered with the three-run frame its next at bat.
Left fielder Grant Fennell went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
His two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the second capped a three-run inning, putting Nevada up 3-0.
San Diego State 7, Nevada 3
The Wolf Pack was handed its fourth-straight series loss to open the season on Saturday with a 7-3 loss to San Diego State.
Reed grad Mark Nowaczewski wore his first loss of the season on the bump. He last 5.1 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits while striking out three and walking one.
The Aztecs didn’t wait around, needing just two batters to take a 1-0 lead. Of Nowaczewski’s first five pitches, two resulted in doubles.
SDSU’s advantage grew to 6-0 before Nevada scored its first two runs of the day in the bottom of the seventh. The Wolf Pack loaded the bases with one out, pushing two across on an infield single and a sac fly.
Mike Echavia (3-for-4, home run, RBI, two runs) belted a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth. It was Nevada’s only extra-base hit of the day.
Both teams finished with 11 hits. Five of SDSU’s hits went for extra bases.
San Diego State 7, Nevada 2
Down 3-2 in the eighth, Nevada’s bullpen gave up a four-run frame to San Diego State and suffered a 7-2 loss in the series opener on Friday afternoon.
The bullpen woes squandered a sharp effort from starting pitcher Trevor Charpie, who was charged with three runs on eight hits over seven innings. Charpie dropped to 0-3 on the season despite a team-best 3.81 ERA.
Nevada finished with eight hits, including multi-hit afternoons from Fennell (2-for-4, run) and Echavia (2-for-3, run).
Echavia led off the third with a double to center and later scored to get Nevada within 3-2. Fennell led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and eventually scored on a bases-loaded one-out fielder’s choice to cut the gap to 3-2.
San Diego State broke the game open in its next at bat, scoring four runs on four hits and Nevada’s lone error.