ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of Nevada (13-9, 2-2 MW) was unable to hold a five-run ninth inning lead and fell 9-8 in the first-game of a three-game Mountain West series at New Mexico (10-11, 3-1 MW) tonight. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Wolf Pack dropping them to 13-9 on the season and 2-2 in the MW. The Lobos improved to 10-11 and 3-1 in conference play.
Nevada built an 8-3 lead behind the pitching of ace Bradey Shipley but UNM scored six runs on five hits in the bottom of the ninth to win 9-8. Trailing 2-1 after four innings the Pack scored outscored the Lobos 7-1 to take the 8-3 advantage into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Three consecutive UNM pinch hitters reached base to start the ninth off reliever Colby Blueberg before closer Michael Fain came on seeking his seventh save. Fain retired the first hitter he faced but the next four batters reached base and catcher Mitch Garver’s double scored the final two runs of the game to give UNM the win.
Nevada pounded out a season-high 16 hits with six players collecting multiple hits. Right fielder Brooks Klein went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and drove in two.
Garver led UNM with three hits and also drove in two.
Shipley earned a no decision and Fain (2-1) lost for the first time allowing three runs, two earned. Victor Sanchez (1-0) earned the win pitching 1.2 shutout innings of relief.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.