Nevada Edges Pacific Baseball, 6-4
Taylor Murphy and Gio Brusa each drove in two, but Nevada took a mid-week match-up from Pacific, 6-4, Tuesday at Peccole Park in Reno.
The Tigers (10-25) rallied from down 2-0 and 3-2 to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Wolf Pack (20-20) scored three runs in the fifth, with a two-run triple by DH Brett Jones providing the winning margin.
LF Brett Sullivan finished the night two-for-five with a run scored while Brusa finished one-for-two with a run scored and the two RBI. C Jason Taasaas walked four times in five trips to the plate and scored a pair of runs.
Nevada opened the scoring in the second on a solo home run by 1B Hugo Hernandez. The Wolf Pack extended the lead to 2-0 in the third as 2B Scott Kaplan posted an RBI double.
In the top of the fourth, Taasaas walked to open the inning and Brusa drew a one-out walk. Murphy then delivered a two-run single through the left side to tie the game at 2-2.
Nevada added a run in their half of the fourth with a single, a sacrifice and a RBI single from SS Kyle Hunt.
Pacific answered in the fifth, as Sullivan ripped a one-out double to right. After Taasaas walked again, Brusa drilled a double to right center to plate two and give the Tigers the 4-3 lead.
But in the bottom of the inning, 2B Shaun Mize singled and scored on an RBI single from RF Brooks Klein. Hernandez reached on an error, and Jones followed with a two-run triple to the right field corner for a 6-4 Wolf Pack lead.
Both bullpens posted zeroes the rest of the way, with Shawn Prihar pitching the ninth for Nevada to earn his first save.
LHP Barry Timko picked up the win, moving to 1-3 as he tossed 1.1 innings allowing no hits and striking out one.
LHP Kyle Crawford, one of six pitchers used by Pacific, was saddled with the loss. He allowed two earned in his inning of action.
RHP Bryce Lombardi posted 1.2 innings of hitless ball, striking out two, while RHP Patrick Weigel tossed a shutout eighth. LHP Travis Lumby started and in his scheduled one-inning appearance, struck out one. Lumby walked the first batter he face, but picked him off to face the minimum.
The Tigers are back in action on Friday at Cal State Northridge, as Pacific opens a three-game Big West series with the Matadors.