Reno, Nev. –University of Nevada (24-23, 9-7 WAC) junior right fielder Brett Hart hit for the cycle in the Wolf Pack’s 14-13 loss to Sacramento State (25-21, 6-9 WAC) in the first game of a four-game Western Athletic Conference series at Peccole Park tonight. The loss dropped the Pack to 24-23 on the season and 9-7 in WAC play while the Hornets improved to 25-21 and 6-9 on conference action. Nevada also dropped into second place in the conference standings as San Jose State defeated New Mexico State 24-5 to take over the top spot in the WAC.
Nevada scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to move in front 13-11 but the Hornets scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie the game once again at 13-13. In the top of the eighth inning Sacramento State left fielder Jeff Roth hit a two-out solo home run to give the Hornets the lead they would not relinquish on the way to the 14-13 victory.
Sac State scored the first for runs of the game before the Pack scored the next three to make it a one-run game at 4-3. The last Pack hitter to accomplish the feat was Jacob Butler at Fresno State in 2005. The Hornets were not done putting together a five-run top of the fourth inning to chase Pack starter Brock Stassi. Nevada’s big inning came in the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored seven runs and the Pack added two more in the sixth to take a 13-11 advantage before the Hornets plated the final three runs of the game to win.
The two teams combined for 27 runs and 32 hits on the night. Sacramento State hit six home runs and the Pack two.
Hart singled in the second, homered in the fourth, tripled in the third and completed the cycle with a double in the sixth. On the night he was 4-or-5 with three runs scored and four RBI. Left fielder Matt Bowman (3-for-5,2R) added three hits while first baseman Shaun Kort (2-for-5,R,2RBI) and second baseman Joe Kohan (2-for-5,R,2RBI) collected two hits apiece. Kort and Kohan drove in two. Kohan’s two RBI came on his first collegiate home run that put the Pack on top 11-10.
Sac State second baseman Hunter Martinez (5-for-6,2R,2RBI) finished with a game-high five hits and drove in two. Designated hitter Justin Lamb (3-for-4,4R,3RBI) and right fielder Justin Mezzaneras (3-for-5,3R,2RBI) had three hits each. Lamb hit two home runs and drove in three while third baseman Josh Powers (2-for-5,R,3RBI) had two hits and also drove in three, two coming on his third home run of the season.
Daniel Tinlin (4-2) was tagged with the loss giving up the one run in two innings on the mound. Brian Filice (1-1) earned the victory allowing one unearned run in three innings of action. Trevor Your (1) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save of the season.
The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m.