The University of Nevada (11-15) lost 9-3 to Saint Mary’s College (18-11) at Peccole Park on Tuesday evening to conclude a five-game home stand. The loss drops the Wolf Pack to 11-15 on the season while the Gaels improved to 18-11.
The Gaels scored three times in the top of the first inning off freshman starter Jacob Anderson and two more runs off reliever Beau Witsoe in the second inning to take a 5-0 advantage. SMC right fielder Kyle Jensen hit the first of three home runs on the night in the second inning to score third baseman Troy Channing.
The Pack got a leadoff double from left fielder Nick Melino in the second inning and shortstop Kevin Rodland drove him home with an RBI single to make the score 5-1. Channing and Jensen hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning to push the lead to six. SMC scored a single unearned run in the top of the sixth inning on passed ball.
Nevada scratched out a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to close within five at 8-3. Aaron Henry, who came in to play left field drove home first baseman Shaun Kort with the first run of the inning after he singled to get on base. Third baseman Tyson Jaquez followed with a single to score designated hitter Brock Stassi after he reached base being hit by pitch. Jensen’s third home run of the game came in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 9-3.
Anderson (0-1) was tagged with the loss giving up three runs on three hits and did not retire a batter in his first career start. Nathan Gonzalez (2-1) won his second game of the season allowing three runs on six hits in 7.1 innings on the mound.
Kort (2-for-4,R) had two hits to lead the Pack. Henry, Jaquez and Rodland each drove in a run.
Jensen (3-for-3,3R,4RBI) was the hitting star for the Gaels with his three home runs and four RBI. Channing (2-for-3,3R,2RBI) and catcher Toby Demello (1-for-5,2RBI) drove in two runs each.
Nevada opens Western Athletic Conference play this weekend with a four-game series at Louisiana Tech. Friday’s contest gets underway at 4:00 p.m. PT while Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s single game start at 11:00 a.m. PT.