The University of Nevada(34-26) baseball team lost 6-4 to Fresno State(37-27) in the title game of the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championship played at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, La. today. The Wolf Pack end their season at 34-26 while the Bulldogs improved to 37-27 and have earned the WAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament field of 64. The Pack finished second to FS at the WAC Tournament for the second consecutive year.
Pack right fielder Mike Hale’s solo home run to right center field in the bottom of the second inning staked Nevada to a 1-0 lead. Second baseman David Ciarlo’s solo home run in the bottom of the third inning made it 2-0.
After the first two batters of the top of the fifth inning were retired FS sent the next eight hitters to the plate and five scored to move in front for good 5-2. Center fielder Gavin Hedstrom and second baseman Erik Wetzel singled home runs. Third baseman Tommy Mendonca’s single scored two while the fifth run of the inning scored on a fielders choice. The Bulldogs added a sixth unearned run in the top of the sixth inning on a throwing error by Pack shortstop Kevin Rodland.
Nevada scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on three hits. Ciarlo’s two-out single scored designated hitter Terry Walsh after he reached on a fielders choice and it was 6-3. The Pack scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning after left fielder Matt Bowman doubled and came around to score on first baseman Shaun Kort’s RBI single. Nevada was still at the plate in the eighth with runners on the corners but Walsh was picked off at first base to end the inning.
Chris Garcia(2-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in 4.2 innings on the mound. Holden Sprague(3-2) earned his third win of the season giving up two runs on three hits in 5.1 innings of action. Brandon Burke(10) earned his 10th save of the season pitching 1.2 scoreless hitless innings of baseball.
Hale(2-for-4,R,RBI) and Ciarlo(2-for-4,R,2RBI) each totaled two hits in the game for the Pack. Ciarlo drove in two on the day.
Note: Six Nevada players were named to the 11 person All-WAC Tournament team: catcher Tyson Jaquez, second baseman David Ciarlo, shortstop Kevin Rodland, third baseman Jason Rodriguez, designated hitter Terry Walsh and pitcher Rod Scurry.