RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada (27-22, 15-12 MW) baseball team was unable to hold a lead after seven innings for just the fourth time this season falling 6-5 to Mountain West leading New Mexico (35-17-1, 18-9 MW) on Senior Day at Peccole Park Sunday afternoon. The Wolf Pack was 21-3 when leading after seven innings but the Lobos rallied in the eighth to take the game and series 2-1.
Seniors Brad Gerig, Scott Kaplan, Bryce Barger, Joe Setum, Ryan Baker and Michael Bradshaw were honored for their contributions to Wolf Pack baseball prior to first pitch.
The Pack and Lobos played three one-run games over the weekend. The loss dropped Nevada into a tie for third with San Diego State at 15-12 while UNM moved into first with an 18-9 MW mark. Overall Nevada is 27-22 and the Lobos improved to 35-17-1.
Nevada scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when left fielder Kewby Meyer came home from third when center fielder Trenton Brooks was caught attempting to steal second base. The Pack held the 1-0 advantage until the top of the third when the Lobos scored three runs on four hits to move in front 3-1.
Senior third baseman Bryce Barger’s RBI single in the bottom of the third inning scored right fielder Brad Gerig to get the Pack within a run at 3-2. Meyer scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the fifth to knot the score at three.
Brooks put the Pack on top in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-out two-RBI single and Nevada led 5-3. The Lobos responded with three runs in the top of the eighth to take the lead 6-5. Catcher Alex Real’s two-out single scored the final two runs of the game.
Adam Whitt (5-5) the third Pack pitcher of the game suffered the loss allowing one run on two hits and did not record and out. Victor Sanchez (4-0) earned the win tossing 2.1 shutout innings of relief.
Brooks (2-for-4,2RBI) topped the Pack with two hits and drove two. Meyer scored twice and had one of Nevada’s five hits in the game.
John Pustay (3-for-4,R,RBI) finished with a game-high three hits while Chase Harris (2-for-4,2R,RBI) and Real (2-for-5,3RBI) had two each as the Lobos had 11. Real drove in a game-high three runs.
Nevada plays its final home game of the season on Tuesday when Utah Valley (24-25) comes to Peccole Park for a 6 p.m. game. The Pack travels to Las Vegas for a three-game MW series that starts on Thursday at second place UNLV (30-20, 17-10 MW) to end the regular season.
Listen to Wolf Pack baseball 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.