Saint Mary’s College (14-10) scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Nevada (8-13) 9-7 at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga, Calif. Tuesday afternoon. The loss drops the Wolf Pack to 8-13 on the season while the Gaels improved to 14-10.
Nevada led 7-4 going into the bottom of the ninth inning but the Gaels scored five times with the last four coming on right fielder Kyle Jensen’s walk-off grand slam. The first four hitters of the inning reached before an out was recorded and Jensen stepped to deliver the final blow. Three of the hitters got on base with walks.
In the bottom of the third inning SMC sent seven hitters to the plate and three scored. Designated hitter Troy Channing had the big hit of the inning blasting his 10th home run of the season over the left field wall to score two of the runs.
The Pack produced a run in the top of the sixth inning when second baseman Matt Bowman tripled and crossed the plate on designated hitter Brock Stassi’s sacrifice fly to make the score 3-1. The Gaels got the run back in the bottom half of the sixth inning when Jensen reached on a bunt single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on left fielder Justin Fazio’s single through the right side.
Nevada scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score at 4-4. Consecutive singles by left fielder Nick Melino and third baseman Tyson Jaquez followed by a double from catcher Travis Simas scored the first run. Right fielder Brett Hart’s ground out plated Jaquez as Simas moved to third base. Following a pitching change a balk was called on reliever Dorsey Ek and the game was tied.
In the top of the eighth inning the Pack scored a pair to go in front 6-4. Jaquez drove in both runs with his two-out single to center field. Bowman’s third double of the game in the top of the ninth inning scored center fielder Westley Moss, who singled in the inning to plate an insurance run and make the score 7-4 but it was not enough as SMC rallied for the victory.
Sammy Miller (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season giving up three runs on just the one hit in the ninth inning. David Small (1-0) earned the win pitching one inning in the game.
Bowman (3-for-4,2R,RBI) finished with a game-high three hits, all being doubles. Stassi (2-for-3,R,RBI), Melino (2-for-4,R) and Jaquez (2-for-3,R,2RBI) added two hits apiece. Jaquez drove in a team-high two runs in the game.
Jensen (2-for-4,2R,4RBI) was the hitting star for the Gaels with his two hits and five RBI, four coming on the grand slam.
Nevada opens a four-game series with Utah Valley University on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Peccole Park in Reno.