RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada (18-14, 10-7 MW) baseball team moved into a tie for third place in the Mountain West standings after blanking San Diego State (25-10, 10-7 MW) 8-0 on Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park. The Wolf Pack and Aztecs are now tied for third in the MW standings at 10-7.
Winners of a season-high five in a row the Pack is 18-14 overall while the Aztecs dropped to 25-10.
The Pack knocked out SDSU starter Cody Thompson (4-2) in the bottom of the first scoring five runs on five hits. Thompson retired just one hitter in the inning and was tagged with the loss.
Shortstop Kyle Hunt walked to start the bottom of the first inning and scored on left fielder Kewby Meyer’s double, the first of three doubles in the inning. Catcher Jordan Devencenzi single home Meyer, then right fielder Brad Gerig and center fielder Trenton Brooks delivered back-to-back RBI doubles. The fifth run of the inning scored on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Scott Kaplan and it was 5-0 Wolf Pack.
The five-run cushion was more than enough for Pack starter Michael Fain (4-2) as he tossed 7.2 shutout innings before Mark Nowaczewski closed out the game pitching 1.1 scoreless innings. Fain won his fourth game of the season which is tied for tops on the team. He allowed just five hits and tied his career-high with six strikeouts.
Nevada added two runs in the fourth and a single run in the seventh to make the final score 8-0.
Seven Pack players collected multiple hits led by designated hitter Bryce Barger (3-for-4,R) who had a career-high three in four plate appearances. Meyer (2-for-5,R,RBI), Devencenzi (2-for-5,2R,RBI), Gerig (2-for-4,R,RBI), Brooks (2-for-5,2R,2RBI), Kaplan (2-for-3,RBI) and second baseman Justin Bridgman (2-for-3,RBI) each had two. Brooks drove in a game-high two.
Nevada’s six doubles is a team high and tied for the most in a MW game this season.
Aztec center fielder Gregg Allen (3-for-4) had three of SDSU’s five hits.
Nevada looks for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Listen to the game on 1060 AM with Don Marchand calling the action and free audio is available at NevadaWolfPack.com/audio.