The University of Nevada (2-6) baseball team fell 6-4 to 11th ranked San Diego (6-3) at Cunningham Stadium on the final day of the San Diego Tournament in San Diego, Calif. The loss dropped the Wolf Pack to 2-6 on the season and 0-4 in the tournament while USD improved to 6-3 and went 3-1 on the weekend.
Nevada struck first in the top of the first inning scoring a run on one hit. Second baseman Matt Bowman was hit by pitch and moved to third on designated hitter Nick Melino’s single. A ground out by first baseman Shaun Kort scored the first run of the game to make it 1-0 Pack.
USD hit two home runs in the bottom of the first inning to go in front 3-1. Right fielder James Meador hit a two-run shot and third baseman Victory Sanchez followed with a solo shot. The Toreros got a sacrifice fly from catcher Steven Chatwood in the bottom of the second inning to make it 4-1.
Bowman singled in the top of the third inning and eventually scored on right fielder Brett Hart’s single to close Nevada with a two at 4-2. The Pack loaded the bases in the inning with two down but shortstop Kevin Rodland was caught looking for the third out of the inning.
The Toreros scored two more runs in the fifth inning off reliever Bryan Suarez to push the lead to 6-2. Meador’s single scored the first run and Sanchez’ sacrifice fly plated the other.
In the top of the sixth the Nevada scored a run with the benefit of one hit. Pinch hitter Nick Leid doubled and scored on pinch hitter Michael Turay’s ground out and the Pack trailed by three at 6-3. An unearned run in the top of the eighth inning pulled Nevada within two at 6-4. Leid walked and scored on left fielder Zach Walters’ two base error.
In the ninth inning the Pack brought the tying run to the plate but was unable to score as they fell 6-4.
Pack starter Brock Stassi (1-1) was tagged with the loss allowing four runs on five hits in two innings on the mound. USD starter Darrin Campbell (1-1) earned the victory giving up two runs on four hits in five innings. Matt Thomson (2) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.
Hart (2-for-4,RBI) collected two hits and drove in a run to lead the Pack offensively. Meador (3-for-4,R,3RBI) topped the Toreros with three hits and three RBI in the game.
Nevada returns to action on Tuesday at Pacific in Stockton, Calif. with first pitch scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at Klein Family Field.