Reed product continues dominance, Pack clinches first Governor’s Series
With the series already won, Nevada was unable to complete a sweep of UNLV on Sunday afternoon with a 9-1 loss at Peccole Park.
The Wolf Pack (17-32, 11-15) slid ahead of Air Force (12-16 in Mountain West) over the weekend for the fourth and final spot in the MW tournament with one week left in the regular season. UNLV resides in last place at 18-34, 8-18.
The Falcons are done with MW play, so the Pack will have to win two of three at first-place New Mexico next weekend to keep the spot. Air Force went 3-2 against Nevada this year, the sixth game was snowed out.
After two scoreless innings on Sunday, UNLV sent 10 hitters to the plate in the top of the third inning and scored six. The Rebels added a single run in the fourth and added two in the seventh.
Nevada got a leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth from Jordan Pearce and he scored on Grant Fennell’s single to account for Nevada’s run in the game.
Freshman Riley Ohl (3-3) suffered the loss allowing six runs, five earned in 2.2 innings of work. UNLV starter Paul Richy (4-3) got the win tossing a complete game.
Nevada 4, UNLV 1
Reed grad Mark Nowaczewski (5-5) added another highlight to his stellar redshirt junior season on Saturday night, delivering a complete-game victory in a 4-1 win over UNLV.
Nowaczewski, whose won Mountain West Pitcher of the Week honors two of the last four weeks, allowed one run on six hits. He struck out five and walked three. Nowaczewski leads the conference in both innings pitched (89.2) and ERA (3.61). He also owns three of the seven complete games thrown by MW pitchers.
The win, which clinched the series, also clinched the Governor’s Series for the Wolf Pack. It is Nevada’s first Governor’s Series title over UNLV since the series started five years ago when Nevada joined the Mountain West.
A season-high 2,011 spectators attended.
At one point, Nowaczewski retired 11 in a row before walking the first UNLV hitter in the top of the ninth, but a double play cleared the bases. The final out was a strikeout swinging.
Fennell was 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice.
Nevada 4, UNLV 3
A bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to sophomore Kaleb Foster scored junior Cole Krzmarzick and Nevada walked off with a 4-3 victory over UNLV Friday night at Peccole Park.
The fans showed up to see the Wolf Pack win as 1,044 were in attendance as the new Battle Born uniforms were worn for the first time. It was the third largest crowd of the season and third in a row over 1,000.
Evan McMahan (3-4) earned the victory pitching two scoreless innings of relief for Trevor Charpie. Charpie allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings while striking out eight and walking one.