The University of Nevada (19-18, 7-9 MW) baseball team lost the first game of three-game Mountain West series to conference leading New Mexico (22-16, 12-4 MW) by a score of 5-2 at Peccole Park tonight. The loss dropped the Wolf Pack to 19-18 overall and 7-9 in MW play. The Lobos improved to 22-16 and 12-4 in conference action.
Trailing 2-1 going to the bottom of the seventh inning Pack pinch hitter Hugo Hernandez hit the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to tie the score at two. UNM center fielder Josh Melendez hit a two run shot in the top of the eighth to put the Lobos ahead to stay 4-2. An insurance run in the top of the ninth inning made the final score 5-2.
The Lobos scored single runs in the second and sixth innings and both were unearned as Nevada committed two costly errors. The Pack’s first run of the game came in the fourth when left fielder Tommy Niebergall walked and eventually scored on third baseman Austin Byler’s single to tie the game at one.
Braden Shipley (5-2) suffered the loss allowing four runs, two earned in 7.1 innings on the mound. Shipley struck out 10 in the game and walked just two. It was his third 10 strikeout game of the season.
UNM reliever Gabe Aguilar (5-2) earned the win giving up just one run in three innings of action. Josh Walker (7) recorded his seventh save pitching a scoreless ninth.
Hernandez (2-for-2,R,RBI) led the Pack with two hits both coming after entering the game in the seventh inning. Byler and Hernandez each drove in a run.
DJ Peterson (2-for-5,R,RBI) and Melendez (2-for-4,R,2RBI) had two hits apiece for UNM. Melendez drove in a game-high two.
Game two is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Pack lefty Tyler Wells (4-2) pitches for Nevada and the Lobos will counter with Sam Wolfe (2-3).