The University of Nevada (14-16, 3-1 WAC) baseball team lost a 17-14 slugfest in the final game of a four-game Western Athletic Conference series on Sunday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston, La. The Wolf Pack won the first three games of the series by scores of 8-5, 11-7 and 4-1 leaving them 3-1 after the opening weekend off WAC play and 14-16 overall. The Bulldogs are now 1-3 in conference play and 13-12 on the season.
Nevada trailed 5-1 after four innings but scored four in the fifth and three in the sixth to move in front 8-5. Third baseman Tyson Jaquez hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to tie the score at 5-5. Catcher Travis Simas blasted a two-run homer as part of the Pack’s three-run sixth inning.
La Tech responded with a six-run sixth inning to regain the lead 11-8. The Pack scored twice in the top of the seventh to close within one at 11-10 but the Bulldogs scored six more in the bottom of the seventh to increase the lead to seven, 17-10. A four-run top of the ninth by Nevada made the final score 17-14 but it was not enough as they were unable to sweep the series.
Reliever Sammy Miller (3-2) suffered the loss giving up six runs, three earned on six hits in 1.1 innings of work. Casey Jones (1-0) earned his first win of the season despite allowing six runs, four earned in 3.1 innings relief.
Five Pack hitters collected multiple hits in the game led by Simas (4-for-5,4R,2RBI) and center fielder Westley Moss (4-for-4,4R,2RBI) who collected four each. Left fielder Matt Bowman (2-for-5,R,2RBI), first baseman Shaun Kort (2-for-5,4RBI), and Jaquez (2-for-5,R,4RBI) had two hits each. Jaquez and Kort drove in four runs apiece to lead the Pack.
Six different La Tech hitters collected multiple hits in the game. The Bulldogs were led by right fielder Devon Dageford (4-for-5,2R,2RBI) with his four hits. Second baseman Kevin Winn (3-for-5,2R,5RBI) drove in a game-high five runs with his three hits in the game.
In total the two teams combined for 31 runs, 33 hits and hit six home runs. Next action for the Pack is Thursday when Hawai`i is at Peccole Park to begin a four-game WAC series with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m.