San Jose, Calif. – The University of Nevada (25-27, 10-11 WAC) baseball team dropped the first game of Saturday’s Western Athletic Conference doubleheader 4-2 to San Jose State at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif. this afternoon.
The loss leaves the Wolf Pack to 25-27 on the season and 10-11 in WAC play while the Spartans improved to 37-18 and 13-7 in conference play. With the victory SJSU has captured the regular season WAC title.
SJSU scored three runs on three hits in the top of the second inning to take the 3-0 lead. Center fielder Jason Martin drove in two of the runs with his two-out doubled down the left field line.
The Pack scored a pair of runs in the top of third on first baseman Shaun Kort’s two RBI double down the left field line. Kort’s double scored shortstop Kevin Rodland and left fielder Matt Bowman after they started the inning with back-to-back singles.
The Spartans scored an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning when third baseman Corey Valine doubled and eventually scored on first baseman Danny Stienstra’s sacrifice fly to make the final score 4-2.
Pack starter Chris Garcia (4-6) pitched well allowing four runs on 10 hits in seven innings on the mound with two strikeouts. SJSU starter Max Peterson (7-1) earned the win giving up the two runs on five hits in six innings of action. Reliever Anthony Vega pitched three perfect innings to record his eighth save of the season.
Five Pack players had a hit in the game and Kort drove home both Nevada runs in the game.
Martin (3-for-4,2RBI) led the Spartans with three hits while shortstop Kyle Bellows (2-for-4) added two. Martin’s two RBI led SJSU.