Rebels Limited Offensively In Saturday's Contest|
May 13, 2017
RENO, Nevada (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team suffered a 4-1 setback to the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack in game two of their Mountain West series Saturday night at Peccole Park. The Rebels (18-34, 8-18 MW) fell behind by two runs after the first inning and was never able mount a charge against the Wolf Pack (17-31, 11-14 MW).
The Scarlet & Gray was led by a two-hit effort from shortstop Bryson Stott, who hit his first career home run in the second inning.
Stott’s homer came after UNR staked itself to its early lead off back-to-back RBI hits from Grant Fennell and Mike Echavia in the first. Unfortunately, the Wolf Pack regained its l two-run lead when Keaton Smith answered Stott’s long ball with one of his own.
From the third inning on only one run was scored, and it was off an RBI single by Marco Valenzuela in the sixth.
UNR starter Mark Nowaczewski (5-5) went the distance for the complete-game win over the Scarlet & Gray. Nowaczewski struck out five, but walked three and surrendered six hits and one run in the contest.
“Their starter (Nowaczewski) was real good tonight, he really controlled the game,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “We had bad swing after bad swing against him, so I’ll give him credit. Garrett Poole gave us a chance, but their guy was just the difference in the game.”
UNLV’s Garrett Poole (2-7) was on the hook for the loss after he allowed four runs off of eight hits in six innings of work. Poole struck out two and walked one.
UNLV and UNR return to Peccole Park, once more, Sunday for the series finale, which is slated for a 1:00 pm first pitch.
With the Wolf Pack winning this weekend’s baseball series, it claimed the three points associated with the sport in the Governor’s Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold. Saturday marked the final day of the annual competition with the score deadlocked at 24 points apiece. UNLV took in three points earlier in the day in women’s track & field with its third-place finish at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships. Since the all-encompassing, head-to-head athletic and academic competition concluded in a tie, UNR holds the tiebreaker – the Fremont Cannon – from its win in football last November. UNLV had won the four previous years dating back to the inaugural campaign (2012-13).
The Rebels will return to Las Vegas and Earl E. Wilson Stadium after Sunday’s contest to host San Jose State Thursday through Saturday.