SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KOLO) In a game featuring multiple lead changes, the Nevada baseball team (3-4) was unable to rally at Santa Clara (5-3) on Tuesday night. Senior Mike Echavia led Nevada with three RBI on the night.
Cooper Powell (0-1) suffered the loss for the Wolf Pack, recording one out in the seventh inning while walking one batter and allowing two earned runs on one hit. Penn Murfee (2-0) picked up the victory for the Broncos and Eric Lex secured his second save of the season.
The game started in Nevada’s favor, as senior Grant Fennell drew a one-out walk and was driven home by Kaleb Foster’s triple to give the Pack a 1-0 lead. Foster finished the night two-for-three and holds a .357 batting average this season.
The third inning proved beneficial for the Pack’s offense as well, with Fennell reaching base on an error. With two outs, Echavia recorded his first RBI of the night with a single to give Nevada a 2-0 lead. Foster then recorded his second hit of the day, and a passed ball moved the two runners into scoring position. Weston Hatten left both on base after striking out, as the Pack would strand six on the night.
In his second start for Nevada, Gomez picked up right where he left off from his performance at Cal State Fullerton. The junior transfer pitched three scoreless innings, giving him 11 shutout innings to begin his Wolf Pack career.
The Broncos got on the board in a hurry in the fourth frame, as Gomez gave up his first earned run in a Wolf Pack uniform. John Cresto launched a home run to left field on the first pitch of the inning to cut Nevada’s lead in half. Gomez finished the fourth inning with consecutive strike outs and a great catch by Hatten in deep center field to save an extra-base hit.
Fennell reached base for the third time in the contest in the fifth inning on a single, but was caught stealing second. Austin Dick came in to pitch the fifth inning, allowing one run to tie the game at two.
With two outs in the seventh, Daniel Perry was hit by a pitch to move to first. Fennell singled for his team-high ninth hit on the season to move Perry to third and put Nevada in striking distance. Echavia drove in two on a triple that was just inches from leaving the park, giving the senior three RBI on the day and Nevada a 4-2 lead.
The Broncos would not trail for long, as Cresto would play hero again by drilling a two-RBI single to tie the game after Cole Henderson and Cooper Powell walked the bases loaded. It was a battle between Cresto and Powell, as the at-bat consisted of nine pitches but the Bronco emerged victorious.
In the same frame, Jake Brodt doubled off of Keone Cabinian to score two more runs and give SCU a 6-4 lead that would win the game for the Broncos.
Nevada could not put anyone on base in the eighth, the first time all game that no member of the Wolf Pack reached in an inning. Ty Hueckman kept the Pack’s hopes alive in the bottom of the frame by pitching a perfect inning.
Cole Krzmarzick singled with one out in the ninth and reached second on a wild pitch, but was stranded as Nevada fell by a final score of 6-4.
The Wolf Pack will travel to New Mexico this weekend for its first conference showdown of the season. A livestream of the match will be available on the Mountain West Network.
Grant Fennell has extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games, stemming from 2017. Fennell also leads the team with nine hits this season and a .375 batting average.
Cole Krzmarzick has recorded a hit in five consecutive games.
Daniel Perry has reached base in six consecutive games.
Hatten, Echavia and Fennell are the only three members of the Pack with multiple RBI in a game with one each.
Dalton Gomez’s streak of 11 innings pitched without allowing a run to begin his Wolf Pack career ended in the fourth inning by Cresto’s home run.
Jaylon McLaughlin leads Nevada with a .385 batting average and .538 slugging percentage.
The Wolf Pack holds a team ERA of 2.58. Nowaczewski leads the team with 15 innings pitched and holds a 1.80 ERA. Jackson has recorded 18 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched with a 0.69 ERA.