HONOLULU, Hawaii – For the second night in a row the University of Nevada (9-9) baseball team rallied late scoring eight runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Hawai`I (7-11) 10-6 at Les Murakami Stadium. Winners of three in a row the Wolf Pack improved to 9-9 on the season while the Rainbow Warriors dropped to 7-11.
Trailing 6-2 going to the top of the ninth inning Nevada scored eight runs on five hits to rally for the 10-6 victory and has won the first two games of the four-game series. On Friday night the Pack scored five runs on four hits in the top of the eighth to rally for a 7-4 win.
In the ninth inning tonight Nevada sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs on five hits. The first run of the inning scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded before Waipahu, Hawaii native Kewby Meyer tied the game at six with a three-run homer over the right field fence. It was Meyer’s first home run of the season. Nevada scored four more runs in the inning to take a 10-6 lead.
First baseman Austin Byler’s second home run of the season in the top of the first inning put the Pack on top 1-0. UH scored three runs on two hits in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-1 lead. Nevada scored a run in the fifth to close within a one at 3-2.
UH tallied three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take what looked like a commanding 6-2 lead before the Pack rallied for the 10-6 victory.
Nevada starter Barry Timko received a no decision but pitched well retiring 19 consecutive UH batters at one stretch of the game. Reliever Adam Whitt (2-2) earned the win allowing one unearned run on two hits and recorded the final two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Colby Blueberg pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out two.
Jordan Deponte (1-2) suffered the loss allowing two runs on two hits and did not record and out in the ninth inning.
Shortstop Kyle Hunt (2-for-6,R,RBI), Byler (2-for-4,2R,RBI) and right fielder Bryce Greager (2-for-3,R) had two hits each as Nevada totaled 11 in the game. Meyer drove in a game-high three.
Stephen Ventimilia (2-for-5,2R) led UH with two hits on the night. Four different Rainbow Warrior hitters had an RBI in the game.
Game three of the series is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PT on Sunday afternoon. Listen to the game on 1060 AM with Don Marchand calling the action.