Smith hits for cycle as Nevada blows Air Force out 26-15
Senior Keaton Smith hit for the first cycle by a Nevada player since 2012 to cap off the Wolf Pack’s (24-20, 11-13 MW) offensive eruption over Air Force (19-23, 9-13 MW) with a 26-15 win. The Pack’s 26 runs scored are the most in the T.J. Bruce era, and the most since the Pack plated 27 against San Jose State in 2015.
Smith’s cycle came from a double in the third inning, a triple in the sixth, a home run in the eighth and was capped off with an infield single in the final frame. It is the first cycle by a Nevada player since Brooks Klein against BYU on March 31, 2012.
Jake Jackson (1-2) picked up his first win of the season after tossing the first five innings with five punchouts. No member of the Air Force staff went more than two innings against the Pack.
Nevada put up a crooked number in every inning of the game except for the ninth, highlighted by 14 runs through the first three innings. ¬¬¬Tyler Bosetti led Nevada with five RBI on the day and tied the team-high with four hits. He was a triple away from the cycle, along with teammate Weston Hatten who only needed a double.
Nevada blasted four homers on the day, tying its season-high with the 2019 opener against No. 24 Missouri State. The bombs came from Hatten, Bosetti, Smith and junior Marco Valenzuela.
Every starter on the Wolf Pack tallied at least two hits on the day, totaling a season-high 27. Those 27 hits are tied for the most under a Bruce-led team with the 2016 squad that scored 25 against the Bulldogs.
Hatten led the Pack on the day with five runs scored and launched a three-run bomb in the third for Nevada’s first homer of the series. The Pack currently leads the Mountain West with 44 jacks on the season.
Nevada will be back at home on Tuesday to face UC Davis at 6 p.m. before hosting MW leading Fresno State for its final home series of the year. All four games will be broadcast on 94.1 FM/1450 AM with John Ramey on the call.