The University of Nevada (6-10) baseball team earned a series split with Oregon (8-8) downing the Ducks 2-1 behind the pitching of senior Derek Achelpohl in the final game of a four-game set at Peccole Park in Reno, Sunday afternoon. With the victory the Wolf Pack improved to 6-10 on the season while the Ducks are 8-8.
Nevada won 6-5 on Thursday before Oregon won the next two 6-5 Friday and 3-0 on Saturday.
Pack leadoff hitter and center fielder Westley Moss started the bottom of the first inning with a single and moved to second on a ground out. With two down first baseman Shaun Kort delivered an RBI double to left field to put Nevada on top 1-0.
In the top of the fourth the Ducks got a one-out walk from catcher Mitch Karraker and designated hitter Colby Sokol doubled to put runners on the corners. First baseman Andrew Schmidt’s single scored the tying run. Achelpohl retired the next two hitters to keep the game tied at one apiece.
Nevada regained the lead with a single run in the bottom of the sixth inning when designated hitter Brock Stassi started the inning with a single and eventually scored on Kort’s ground out to put the Pack in front 2-1.
The Ducks put the tying run on base with one down in the top of the ninth inning but reliever Sammy Miller got a ground out to third base and a line out to shortstop to end the game.
Achelpohl (1-1) earned his first win of the season giving up just one run on five hits in seven innings on the mound. He struck out a season-high seven in the game which is one off his career-high of eight. Miller (2) pitched the final two innings to record his second save of the season. Madison Boer (1-2) went the distance for the Ducks giving up two runs on six hits in eight innings of action.
Stassi (2-for-4,R) and Kort (2-for-3,2RBI) led the Pack with two hits each. Kort drove in both of Nevada’s runs in the game.
Schmidt (3-for-4,RBI) had three hits and drove in Oregon’s lone run on the day.
Nevada will play its next five games on the road beginning with a single game at intrastate rival UNLV on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m.