RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada (28-22) baseball team defeated Utah Valley (24-26) 4-2 in the final home game of the season at Peccole Park on Tuesday night. With the victory the Wolf Pack is a season-high six games over .500 for the third time this year at 28-22. The Wolverines dropped to 24-26.
Nevada scored twice in the bottom of the first and added a third run in the second to go in front to stay 3-0. Shortstop Kyle Hunt’s sacrifice fly scored the first run of the game and Trenton Brooks singled home the second run of the first to get the Pack offense started. Left fielder Kewby Meyer’s ground out to second base scored third baseman Scott Kaplan in second inning to account for the Pack’s third run of the game.
The Wolverines scored twice in the sixth inning to close within a run at 3-2. Kade Andrus doubled home the first run and right fielder Sean Moysh scored him with a single. Nevada scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth when Brad Gerig doubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice bunt from Brooks to make the final score 4-2.
UVU loaded the bases in the top of the ninth but were unable to score as the final batter of the game grounded out to second base.
A pair of Reno freshman started the game, Mark Nowaczewski (1-1) for the Pack and Patrick Wolfe (2-2) for the Wolverines. Nowaczewski earned his first college win allowing two runs on three hits in five innings on the mound. Wolfe suffered the loss allowing four runs on five hits in six innings of action. Colby Blueberg (2) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the second save of his career coming in his last two outings.
Meyer (2-for-4,R,RBI,2B) and Gerig (2-for-4,R) led the Pack with two hits in the game. Meyer’s double in the bottom of the first was his 25th of the season that tied Justin Drizos (1994) for the single season Nevada record. The double was the 45th of his career and ranks 10th in Pack history.
Zach Slesk (2-for-2R) had two hits for UVU. Andrus and Moysh each had an RBI.
Nevada ends the regular season with a three-game Mountain West series at UNLV (30-21, 17-10 MW) starting on Thursday night at 6 p.m. Friday’s game is at 6 p.m. and Saturday is a 1 p.m. first pitch. The Rebels are in second place, two games in front of Nevada who is tied with San Diego State at 15-12. The Pack would need to sweep UNLV to finish second.