ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In a back-and-forth battle all afternoon, Nevada (4-5, 1-1 MW) fell 8-5 in a late-inning rally by New Mexico (5-4-1, 1-1 MW) on Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s game will decide the victor of the conference-opening series, slated for 11 a.m. PST.
Dalton Gomez (1-1) suffered the loss after coming out of the bullpen to pitch the eighth inning, allowing two earned runs on two hits with the game tied at five. UNM’s Christian Tripp (1-0) secured his first win of the season after pitching the final three innings and fanning the final three Wolf Pack batters in the ninth.
Mark Nowaczewski got the start on the mound for the Wolf Pack, and pitched a scoreless first inning to push his streak to ten consecutive shutout frames. The senior would finish his day allowing four earned runs in six innings pitched with one strike out.
The Lobos jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after stringing together a couple hits off Nowaczewski in the second inning. Zamora recorded the first hit for the Pack in the second inning, but was picked off at first to end the frame.
Sophomore Dillan Shrum single-handedly tied the game in the top of the fourth after hitting a bomb over the left field wall to give Nevada its first run of the game. With a Lobo on first in the bottom of the frame, Cole Krzmarzick made a spectacular catch in deep center field to rob extra bases from UNM and keep the game tied.
The bats came alive for UNM in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring three runs on five hits to take a 4-1 advantage over the Pack. Four runs are the most given up by Nowaczewski in a game this season, who holds a 3.00 ERA in three games.
The Wolf Pack had its ace’s back though, producing a three-run frame of its own in the top of the sixth. With one out, Grant Fennell smacked a single to get on base. Pinch hitting for Shrum, Mike Echavia blasted a triple to score Fennell and Hatten immediately scored the senior with a double. Shortstop Tyler Bosetti laced a two-out single to bring Hatten home and tie the game after the sixth inning.
Nevada’s offense continued producing in the seventh, as Daniel Perry smacked a two-out double to reach base and Fennell singled with a full-count to give Nevada its first lead of the day.
That would be the last run scored by Nevada on the afternoon, as the Lobos tied the game in the seventh on a two-out RBI single against Ryan Anderson.
UNM scored three more runs in the eighth, off of Gomez and Grant Ford, to take an 8-5 lead. All three batters for the Pack struck out in the ninth to even the series at 1-1.
Tomorrow’s contest will begin at 11 a.m. PST, with a livestream and radio of the game available on NBC Sports Radio 94.1 FM / 1450 FM.
Grant Fennell has extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games, stemming from 2017. Fennell also leads the team with 13 hits this season and a .382 batting average, and tops the Wolf Pack with four multi-hit games.
Daniel Perry has reached base in eight consecutive games.
Mark Nowaczewski went on a streak of ten consecutive shutout innings, but it was snapped in the second frame of today’s contest.
Mike Echavia leads Nevada with a .533 slugging percentage and six RBI.
Nevada holds a team ERA of 3.30, and a batting average of 2.38.
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