COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Nevada (24-19, 14-9 MW) baseball team produced season highs with 12 runs and 18 hits to defeat Air Force (16-30, 6-17 MW) 12-4 on Saturday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Wolf Pack has scored in double figures in three of the last four games.
With the victory the Wolf Pack improved to 24-19 on the season and 14-9 in conference play. The Falcons dropped to 16-30 and 6-17 in the conference. After falling 3-2 on Friday the Pack evened the series with today’s victory. Nevada has won four of the five meetings this season.
The Pack scored early and often jumping to an 11-0 lead behind the pitching of lefty Barry Timko before the Falcons got on the scoreboard late. Catcher Jordan Devencenzi’s single in the second plated right fielder Trenton Brooks and second baseman Scott Kaplan and it was 2-0.
First baseman Austin Byler’s first of two home runs in the game came in the third inning and made it 3-0. The Pack put together back-to-back four-run innings in the fifth and sixth and it was 11-0. Byler’s second home run of the game was a two-run shot as part of the big fifth inning and Brooks also hit a solo home run in the inning. The Pack’s season-high fourth home run of the game came in the sixth inning off the bat of shortstop Kyle Hunt that scored two of the four runs.
While the offense was lighting up the scoreboard Timko was shutting out the Falcons. Timko (5-2) left after blanking the AFA for seven innings and allowed just three hits to earn his fifth win of the season. The five wins are tied with Adam Whitt for tops on the team. The victory was the 10th of Timko’s career in the Silver & Blue. Nevada’s bullpen was unable to preserve the shutout as AF scored four runs in the eighth inning.
Griffin Jax (3-8) suffered the loss giving up 11 runs, nine earned in six innings of action.
Byler (4-for-6,3R,3RBI,2HR) and Brooks (4-for-5,2R,2RBI,HR) had four hits apiece to lead the Pack. The four hits tied Byler’s career-high and is a career-high for Brooks. The two combined for four of Nevada’s eight extra base hits in the game. Byler drove in a game-high three with his two home runs giving him a career season-high 10.
Kewby Meyer (2-for-6,2R,RBI), Kaplan (2-for-4,2R) and Devencenzi (2-for-4,2RBI) contributed two hits apiece to the Pack’s season-high 18. Meyer’s 21st double of the season is tied for the ninth best season in school history.
Bradley Haslam (2-for-3,R) finished with two of the Falcons eight hits. Adam Blankenship (1-for-1,R,2RBI) drove in two for AF.
The final game of the series is slated for 11 p.m. PT on Sunday. Listen to the game on 1060 AM in Northern Nevada with Don Marchand calling the action and free audio is also available at NevadaWolfPack.com/audio. A free video stream is available at NevadaWolfPack.tv.