Honolulu, Hawaii – The University of Nevada (25-31) baseball team had its season come to an end in a 5-4, 10-inning loss to Hawai`i (32-25) on day two of the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament being played at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The loss was the second of the tournament as they fell 5-3 to San Jose State on Thursday. With the loss the Wolf Pack end their season 25-31 while Rainbows improved to 32-25.
Nevada trailed 4-3 heading into the top of the ninth inning. Second baseman Matt Bowman drew a one-out walk to start the ninth inning and with two down first baseman Shaun Kort delivered the RBI double to tie the game at 4-4.
The Pack threatened in the top of the 10th inning stranding runners on second and third base as the inning ended. Nevada reliever Brock Stassi retired the first batter in the bottom of the inning but three walks in a row brought third baseman Vinnie Catricala to the plate who delivered the sacrifice fly to give the Rainbows the 5-4 victory.
Nevada scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning when Bowman singled and came around to score on Kort’s first double of the game. UH got two runs in the bottom of the inning when with two down center fielder Kolton Wong’s fly ball was miss played in the outfield and two runners scored.
The Pack scratched out a run in the top of the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Bowman singled to start the inning, stole second base and scored on third baseman Tyson Jaquez’ single up the middle. Catricala’s home run in the bottom of the third inning gave UH a 3-2 advantage.
Bowman doubled in the top of the fifth inning and scored on center fielder Westley Moss’ single to once again tie the game. Wong walked in the seventh inning and moved to second on a ground out where he scored on a single through the left side by designated hitter Christian Johnson as UH regained the lead and setup the exciting finish.
Stassi (6-5), who started the game at designated hitter, was tagged with the loss giving up the one run in 1.2 innings of relief. Nate Klein (3-4) earned the win allowing one run in four innings of relief.
Bowman (3-for-4,4R) finished with a game-high three hits and scored all four of Nevada’s runs in the game. Kort (2-for-4,2RBI) and Stassi (2-for-3) added two hits each as the team totaled 12. Kort drove two runs with his two doubles on the day.
Catricala (2-for-3,2R,2RBI) had two of UH’s five hits and along with Wong drove home two runs.