The University of Nevada (24-24, 9-8 WAC) baseball team dropped the first game of Saturday’s Western Athletic Conference doubleheader to Sacramento State (26-21, 9-8 WAC) at Peccole Park 9-6. The Pack has lost four in a row leaving them 24-24 on the season and 9-8 in WAC play while the Hornets improved to 26-21 and 7-9 in conference action.
Nevada scored a pair runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 2-0 advantage. Left fielder Matt Bowman walked and center fielder Westley Moss bunted for a single to get the inning started. First baseman Shaun Kort’s ground out moved both runners into scoring position for third baseman Tyson Jaquez whose ground ball scored the first run as Moss moved to third base where he eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The Hornets scored three times in the top of the fourth inning to move in front for good 3-2. With one down center fielder Tim Wheeler collected and infield single and first baseman Blake Crosby singled down the right field line. A walk to shortstop Derrick Chung loaded the bases for designated hitter Justin Lamb. Lamb doubled home two runs to tie the game and with two down left fielder Ivan Otsuka’s single scored the third run of the inning. Sac State scored twice in the fifth and three times in the seventh to build an 8-3 advantage.
Bowman’s team-high ninth home run of the season in the top of the seventh inning scored pinch hitter Waylen Sing Chow who walked to close the gap to 8-5. Both teams scored a run in the eighth to make the final score 9-6.
Pack starter Chris Garcia (4-5) was tagged with the loss allowing eight runs on 13 hits in 6.2 innings on the mound. Nick Buchta (1-1) earned the win giving up three runs on one hit in 2.1 innings of action.
Moss (2-for-2,R) and right fielder Brett Hart (2-for-4,R) led the Pack with two hits apiece. Bowman drove in two the Pack’s six runs in the game.
Wheeler (3-for-3,R,2RBI) finished with a game-high three hits while four other Sac State hitters had two hits each in the game. Wheeler and Lamb finished with two RBI apiece.