RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada (3-7, 1-4 MW) baseball team was unable to hold a ninth inning lead and fell in 10 innings 7-4 to San José State (3-8, 2-3 MW) on Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park. The loss dropped the Wolf Pack to 1-4 in Mountain West play and 3-7 on the season. The Spartans improved to 3-8 and 2-3 in conference play.
Nevada led 4-3 going to the top of the ninth inning but SJSU took advantage of a costly Pack error, a walk and two hit batters to knot the game at four. Spartan catcher Kyle Gallegos reached on a throwing error by Pack shortstop Kyle Hunt to start the inning. Gallegos was retired at second base on a groundout as third baseman Jacob Valdez reached on a fielders choice. A fly ball was the second out of the inning but a walk and back-to-back hit batters tied the game at four.
The Pack was retired in order in the bottom of the ninth sending the game to extra innings. The Spartans scored three times in the top of the 10th inning with the big blow being a two-run homer from first baseman Matt Carroll.
SJSU scored a run in the top of the first inning but Pack first baseman Austin Byler’s first home run of the season and by a Pack player this season scored Hunt to put Nevada on top 2-1.
A two-run top of the fifth put the Spartans back on top 3-2. Nevada freshman second baseman Justin Bridgman’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth tied the game at three.
Hunt’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning scored center fielder Jay Anderson to give Nevada 4-3 advantage but it was not enough as SJSU rallied for the extra inning victory.
Austin Dick (0-1) suffered the loss allowing two runs and retired one batter. Nevada pitchers hit eight batters in the game. Kalei Contrades (2-0) won his second game of the season pitching 3.1 shutout innings.
Hunt (3-for-5,R,RBI) and left fielder Kewby Meyer (3-for-5) had three hits apiece to lead the Pack. Byler (2-for-4,R,2RBI) collected two hits and drove in a pair with his home run.
Carroll (2-for-5,3RBI) and left fielder Brett Bautista (2-for-2) had two hits each for the Spartans. Carroll drove in three, two coming on his second home run of the season in the top of the 10th.
The final game of the series is scheduled for noon on Sunday.