Nevada eases past Pacific, 9-2

Nevada eases past Pacific, 9-2

Pacific scored two runs in the sixth inning to tie the game up at 2-2, but let the game get away in a 9-2 loss to Nevada in Reno on Tuesday night.

The Tigers used nine pitchers and got two-hit nights out of freshman second baseman James Arakawa and senior first baseman Nate Verlin, but got hamstrung by three hit batsmen and five wild pitches, three of which allowed Wolf Pack runners to score in the loss.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Joe Standley made his first career start for the Tigers in the game and worked a clean first inning, but stumbled in the second when he gave up back-to-back singles and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with no outs. The jam ushered in senior right-handed pitcher Samson Abernathy who worked out of the bases loaded jam with two strikeouts, but he did allow a run to score on a wild pitch to give Nevada at 1-0 lead.

Abernathy worked a clean third inning in what turned in to a solid outing. He threw 13 of his 19 pitches for strikes and allowed one hit with two strikeouts.

In the third inning, a one-out triple, the first of two for the Wolf Pack in the game, set up a sac fly opportunity for Conor Allard that made it 2-0 Nevada.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, sophomore Joe Solomon worked the best outing of any Tiger pitcher on the night when he struck out the side. His three K's tied a career-high, but it was the first time in his career that he struck out the side.

In the sixth inning, the Tigers fought back with two runs of their own. Arakawa started the inning off with a line drive back to the pitcher for a single. He would advance to second in the next at-bat before an error committed by Nevada's first baseman allowed him to score from second to make the score 2-1. Two batters later, sophomore third baseman Alex LeForestier, who reached on the error, would come around to score off a single from Verlin to tie the game at 2-2.

The tie wouldn't last long. Nevada led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a home run to make the score 3-2. A wild pitch later in the inning would allow another runner to score and a two-out double following a dropped foul ball by Verlin allowed another runner to score to make the game 5-2.

In the seventh inning, Nevada scored its third run off of a wild pitch to make the score 6-2.

Nevada mounted a lengthy two-out rally in the eighth inning in which it scored three runs off of three hits and two walks off of two Tiger pitchers to make the score 9-2 and close the scoring in Nevada's final regular season game of the year.

The Tigers will look to close the season on a high note in their final four games starting with a three-game series with Portland this weekend at Klein Family Field.