A strong performance from Nevada starter Tyler Wells and an offensive onslaught in game one propelled the University of Nevada baseball team to a split over Northern Illinois in a doubleheader at Peccole Park on Saturday.
Nevada won game one 13-0, but fell by a score of 12-4 in game two.
After a 1-1 day, the Wolf Pack sits at 6-4 on the season, while the Huskies are 1-6.
Tyler Wells started game one, going five and two thirds and surrendering only two hits. Wells struggled with control in spots, walking seven, but pitched well enough to put himself in line for the win. With the Pack supplying plenty of offense in support of the sophomore, Wells moved to 2-0 on the season.
With the Pack leading 3-0, a Brad Gerig solo shot started a five-run seventh that put the game out of reach. The fifth also included an RBI single from Brooks Klein and a run that scored when Kyle Hunt was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Five more from Nevada in the bottom of the eighth and three outs from reliever Adam Whitt in the top of the ninth ended the first contest of the day.
Gerig was 3-for-6, leading the charge for the Nevada offense. The junior-college transfer is hitting .360 through his first seven games in the silver and blue. Klein is leading the Pack at .429, while sophomore Austin Byler is hitting a level .400.
In game two, Tom Jameson took the hill and went six innings, giving up three runs, all in the first inning. He struck out seven Huskies, but took the loss to fall to 0-2. The Nevada bullpen was not able to contain the Northern Illinois bats, giving up nine runs in the final three innings.
Seven Wolf Pack players had a hit in game two, with Gerig as the only player with a multi-hit game. Catcher Ryan Teel had two RBI to bring his season total to four.
Nevada will close out the four-game set against Northern Illinois with one game on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.