COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Nevada (24-20, 14-10 MW) baseball team rallied from a 4-0 deficit but Air Force (17-30, 7-17 MW) scored late to down the Wolf Pack 5-4 and take the series 2-1 at Falcon Field on Sunday afternoon. The Pack dropped to 24-20 and 14-10 in MW action while the Falcons are now 17-30 and 7-17 in conference play.
AF scored a single run in the second inning on an RBI triple from shortstop Russell Williams and third baseman Tyler Saleck’s triple in the third scored two to stake the Falcons to a 3-0 advantage. A home run by second baseman Noah Pierce in the fifth gave AF a 4-0 cushion.
Nevada got on the board in the sixth after shortstop Kyle Hunt tripled and scored on left fielder Kewby Meyer’s RBI single. A three-run top of the seventh tied the score at four. Hunt, Scott Kaplan and Jay Anderson had RBIs in the inning.
The Falcons scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a wild pitch. Pierce started the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. An intentional walk was followed by a fly out for the second out of the inning and a hit batter loaded the bases moving Pierce to third base. Pierce scored the winning run on a wild pitch. The Pack was retired in order in the top of the ninth.
Adam Whitt (5-4) was tagged with the loss allowing the run in the eighth. Nathan Stanford (2-0) earned his second win of the season pitching three scoreless innings of relief.
Hunt (3-for-4,R,RBI) tied his career-high with three hits, scored a run and drove in one for the Pack. Pierce (3-for-4,2R,RBI) topped AF with three hits, scored twice and drove in one with his second home run of the season. Saleck (1-for-3,2RBI) had a game-high two RBI.
Nevada begins a season-high six-game homestand to close out the home schedule on Tuesday night versus UC Davis at 6 p.m. Listen to the game 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.
Note: Junior Colby Blueberg made his 28th appearance of the season which is tied with Rico Lagattuta (1994) for the most in a season at Nevada.