The University of Nevada (17-19, 6-4 WAC) baseball team fell 5-3 to New Mexico State University (31-7, 6-4 WAC) in the third game of a four-game Western Athletic Conference series at Peccole Park in Reno Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies have won the last two games of the series after the Wolf Pack won the first game on Thursday. With the victory NMSU moved into first place in the WAC standings at 7-4, one half game in front of the Pack who are 6-4. Overall the Aggies are 32-7 and Nevada dropped to 17-19.
Nevada scored a pair of runs with two outs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. First baseman Shaun Kort hit a solo home run to right field to score the first run of the inning. Third baseman Tyson Jaquez followed with an infield single and came around to score on left fielder Nick Melino’s double. Designated hitter Brock Stassi flew out to the left field fence to end the inning.
The Aggies scored three times in the top of the fourth inning to take the lead 3-2. Designated hitter Mike Sodders homered to start the inning. With one down NMSU loaded the bases for left fielder Kyle Decater. Decater hit a ground ball to second base that looked like would end the inning but shortstop Kevin Rodland’s throw to second base was wide and two runners scored to put the Aggies in front. NMSU score a run in the top of the sixth inning when right fielder Nate Shaver doubled home a run with two down. The final run of the game scored in the top of seventh inning after Aggie third baseman Wade Reynoso was hit by pitch and eventually crossed the plate on Sodders single.
NMSU starter Jared Jordan (5-1) won his fifth game of the season allowing three runs on five hits in six innings on the mound. Erik Nyquest (7) saved his seventh game of the season retiring all three hitters he faced in the ninth inning.
Jaquez (2-for-4,R) led the Pack with two hits and Kort drove home a team-high two on the day.
Sodders (2-for-4,R,2RBI) and Shaver (2-for-3,RBI) topped NMSU with two hits apiece. Sodders two RBI also led the Aggies.
The final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.