Nevada Takes Mid-Week Non-Conference Matchup From Pacific
Senior SS Josh Simms tripled and drove in two runs and senior LF Brett Christopher singled and stole a pair of bases, but the Tigers fell at Nevada Tuesday, 15-4.
Junior LHP Travis Lumby struck out four and allowed one hit in two shutout innings, while 1B/LHP Erik Lockwood allowed one hit in a shutout inning in his season debut on the mound.
The Wolf Pack (22-18) tallied 15 runs on 20 hits, both season highs. Nevada catcher Carlos Escobar, Jr. went three-for-four with a pair of home runs, including an inside the parker on a sinking liner to center, while driving in four runs.
Nevada jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, and tallied two unearned runs in the bottom of the second. The Wolf Pack added five in the third, two unearned, as they batted around before LHP Paul Moeller got the final out of the inning.
In the fourth, Pacific cut into the 11-0 lead, as junior 3B Dustin Torchio beat out an infield chopper with a head-first dive into first and freshman CF Tyler Sullivan walked. After a flyout advanced Torchio to third, Nevada went to the bullpen and Simms greeted RHP Daniel Levine with a triple to the 380 sign in the right-centerfield gap. Sophomore C Jason Taasaas brought home Simms with an RBI groundout as the Tigers trimmed the margin to 11-3.
But the Wolf Pack picked up two runs back in the bottom of the fourth, on a as SS Kyle Hunt walked and Escobar homered over the wall in left to make it 13-3.
In the Tiger fifth, Christopher singled through the left side to open the inning and stole second base with a great jump off LHP Elliott Van Gaver. After a flyout for the first out, Christopher took third with ease as the left-hander was slow to the plate. Sullivan then singled to right to plate Christopher.
In the bottom of the fifth, Austin Byler tripled to open the inning and Escobar sent a sinking line drive to shallow center. Sullivan went for the diving catch, but the ball skipped to the wall as Escobar rounded the bases for his fourth homer of the season.
RHP Chris Larsen tossed a scoreless sixth, and Lumby and Lockwood combined to keep the Wolf Pack off the board in the final four Nevada frames.
Nevada's Byran Suarez (2.0), Kody Gorden (1.0) and Colby Blueberg held the Tigers to one hit -- a single by PH/3B Robby Mansfield in the seventh -- the rest of the way. Mansfield stole second base as catcher Ryan Teel cocked his arm back to throw with Sullivan at the plate, but was stranded there.
Timko (3-0) picked up the win, going 3.1 innings with two earned runs allowed. Spizzirri (0-2) took the loss, allowing four earned runs on five hits in two innings.
Freshman C Dallas Correa made his season debut taking over for Taasaas in the bottom of the sixth. He reached on an error in his only trip to the plate. Mansfield pinch-hit for Torchio in the seventh and took over third base duties for the final two innings. Torchio has played all but four of the 336 defensive innings at third base for Pacific this season.
The Tigers (11-28) will jump back in to Big West play Friday, with a three-game series opening at Cal Poly at 6 p.m.