The University of Nevada (3-7) baseball team got a two-run homer from Tyson Jaquez and an excellent defensive play from shortstop Kevin Rodland to defeat Washington (5-6) at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. Saturday afternoon 3-2. The win snapped a five-game losing skid for the Wolf Pack as they improved to 3-7 while the Huskies fell to 5-6.
Nevada led 3-2 after eight innings but needed the defensive play from Rodland to escape with the victory. Catcher Brett Wilcox doubled off the glove of Pack right fielder Brett Hart to start the top of the ninth inning. Reliever Sammy Miller then struck out the next two hitters to bring left fielder Pierce Rankin to the plate. Rankin hit a 2-2 pitch to the left side that went for an infield single but Rodland kept the ball from getting to the outfield and got pinch runner Brendan Gardner-Young rounding third base for the third out of the inning to end the game.
The Pack scored a run in the bottom of the third to take the early 1-0 lead. Center fielder Westley Moss reached third on a three-base error and scored on Rodland’s single. In the fifth inning UW tied the score after Wilcox singled and crossed the plate on shortstop Andy Bethel’s triple. Designated hitter Ty Rasmussen’s first home run of the season leading off the top of the sixth put the Huskies on top 2-1.
In the bottom half of the sixth inning Nevada scored twice to take the lead for good 3-2. Second baseman Matt Bowman walked to start the inning and scored on Jaquez’ home run to right field to account for all the scoring in the game.
Pack starter Brock Stassi (2-1) earned his second win of the season allowing two runs in 6.2 innings on the mound. Miller (2) recorded his second save of the year pitching the final 1.1 innings in shutout fashion.
Tyler Cheney (1-1) was tagged with the loss giving up three runs, two earned on eight hits.
Rodland (3-for-4,RBI) and designated hitter Michael Turay (3-for-4) tied for game-high honors with three hits apiece. Jaquez drove in a game-high two runs with his first home run of the season.
Bethel (2-for-4,RBI), Rankin (2-for-5), Rasmussen (2-for-4,R,RBI) and Wilcox (2-for-4,R) had two hits each to lead the Huskies.
The final game of the three-game series is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park.