The University of Nevada (2-2) baseball team hit four home runs to defeat 10th ranked Missouri (1-2) in its final game of the Phoenix Tournament being hosted at Grand Canyon University’s Brazell Field in Phoenix, Ariz. The Wolf Pack end the opening weekend of play at 2-2 while the Tigers are 1-2 with one game left in the tournament versus Gonzaga.
With two down in the top of the first inning Pack third baseman Matt Bowman collected his first hit of the season driving a pitch from MU starter Kelly Fick over the left field wall to put the Pack on top 1-0. In the second the Pack made it 2-0 when right fielder Brett Hart doubled with one down, moved to second on a fly out and scored on catcher Travis Simas’ single.
A three-base error by Hart in the bottom of the second inning allowed Tiger catcher Ryan Ampleman to reach third base where he scored on third baseman Kyle Mach’s sacrifice fly to pull MU within a run at 2-1. The Pack got the run back in the top of the third inning with a solo home run off the bat of left fielder Aaron Henry and it was once again a two run advantage at 3-1.
Missouri again made it a one-run game scoring in the bottom of the third inning on two hits. Left fielder Greg Folgia was hit by pitch and eventually scored on right fielder Aaron Senne’s RBI single to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Wolf Pack.
The Pack pushed it back to a two run advantage scoring once in the top of the sixth inning. With two down Hart singled, stole second base and moved to a third base on the play as a result of a throwing error by Ampleman. Second baseman Nick Lead followed with an RBI single and it was 4-2 in favor of the Nevada.
The Tigers collected three consecutive hits off Pack reliever Bryan Suarez in the bottom of the sixth to again make it a one-run contest at 4-3. Suarez avoided further damage striking out the final two hitters of the inning with runners at first and third base.
First baseman Shaun Kort gave the Pack some breathing room blasting a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 7-3. Kort’s homer scored pinch hitter Waylen Sing Chow who reached on an error and Bowman after he followed with a single. Bowman struck again in the top of the ninth inning blasting his second home run of the game over the left field fence and it was 8-3.
Missouri scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning and loaded the bases with two but reliever Sammy Miller got pinch hitter Ben Turner to lineout to second base to end the game.
Nevada starter Brock Stassi (1-0) earned the win allowing two runs, one earned in five innings on the mound while recording six strikeouts. Suarez gave up two runs on six hits in his 3.2 innings of action. Miller retired the only hitter he faced to earn his first save of the season.
Flick was tagged with the loss giving up four runs on nine hits in six innings of action.
Bowman (3-for-5,3R,2RBI) led the Pack with three hits and hit two solo home runs in the game. Hart (2-for-4,2R), Leid (2-for-4,RBI) and Simas (2-for-4,RBI) added two hits each. Kort topped the team with three RBI coming on his first home run of the season.
Nevada returns to action on Thursday in the first game of the San Diego Tournament at San Diego State at 6:00 p.m.