FULLERTON, Calif. (KOLO) Dalton Gomez threw eight shutout innings in his first Division I start and Jaylon McLaughlin drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning triple as the Nevada baseball team knocked off No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 2-0 on Tuesday.
Gomez (1-0) picked up the win after pitching eight innings of six-hit ball with five strikeouts and only 90 pitches thrown. Ryan Anderson pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second save of the year for Nevada, which evened its record at 2-2 on the year.
Gavin Velasquez (0-1) took the loss for Fullerton after tossing 1.2 innings with two hits and one earned run.
As of Feb. 19, the Titans are ranked as the No. 13 team in the country by Baseball America and No. 22 by D1Baseball.com. The last ranked team that the Pack defeated was No. 6 Clemson in 2017, also on the road.
Nevada’s offense struggled to get going early, failing to register a hit through the first two innings. A bunt single began the first frame for the Titans, but Gomez shut them down the following two frames by not allowing a hit.
The Pack’s offense came alive in the fourth when senior Cole Krzmarzick registered the first hit for Nevada with a two-out bunt single. Wes Hatten would follow that up with a single of his own into center field, but catcher Marco Valenzuela would lineout to end the frame.
CS Fullerton began the fifth inning with a leadoff single, but were unable to capitalize as the Pack turned its second of three double plays on the day to end the frame.
The seventh inning provided the spark the Wolf Pack needed offensively, as Hatten reached first on an error, and then moved to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, McLaughlin tripled to right field to score Hatten in what proved to be the game-winning run.
With runners on first and second, Gomez would force the Titans to hit into their third double play of the night to get out of the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead. The junior transfer from College of San Mateo would finish his night after getting out of another jam in the eighth with a runner on second.
Conor Allard gave the Pack an insurance run in the ninth after McLaughlin’s two-out single to left field. Allard drilled a double to right field to score the sophomore and increase Nevada’s lead to two.
Anderson was perfect in the bottom of the ninth as the Sparks native earned his second save in as many games.
Allard and McLaughlin led the Pack with two hits and an RBI each. Nevada totaled eight hits on the night compared to the Titans’ seven.
The Wolf Pack will travel to play a series at Oral Roberts this upcoming weekend, with the first game slated for Friday at 1 p.m. PST.