26 Th11 2021 | 02:57
RENO, Nev. – Thanks to an 8-3 victory on Sunday, the Nevada baseball team completed a three-game series sweep of in-state rival UNLV.
With the win, the team’s eighth in a row, the Wolf Pack moved to 18-16 overall and is 15-9 in Mountain West play. Now in the final month of league play, Nevada has a conference win percentage of .625 and is right behind San Diego State (.630) for first place. The Wolf Pack has seven conference games remaining on its schedule, while the Aztecs have nine.
On the mound for the Wolf Pack in Sunday’s series finale, freshman Cam Walty tossed a gem. Walty earned his third win of the season after throwing a season-high 7.0 innings with a season-high nine strikeouts. In his 7.0 innings he only allowed two earned runs on four hits, evening his season win-loss record at 3-3.
The Rebels (16-11, 11-10 MW) got on the board first in the ball game, scoring one of their three runs on a bases loaded walk in the top of the third. The lead was short lived though as the Pack plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Four consecutive singles in the inning, all with two outs, and RBIs from Matt Clayton and Landon Wallace helped Nevada grab its first lead of the game. A solo home run from UNLV’s Brendan Brooks in the next half inning tied the game once more, but that is all the Rebels would get until the ninth inning.
Nevada used some two-out magic again in its half of the fifth to score two more runs and grab the lead back for what would be the final time in the game. After an intentional walk to Dillan Shrum loaded the bases with two outs, Clayton and Wallace delivered again. Clayton lined a single into right field to score one, and Wallace drew a walk to plate another run and put Nevada ahead, 4-2.
As the game drew closer to its end, the Wolf Pack got another run in the seventh and three huge insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. With two on and two out, Tyler Bosetti blasted his league-leading 10th home run of the season to left center, which gave Nevada an 8-2 lead heading into the ninth. The Rebels got one run home in the ninth but it was not enough to overcome a six-run deficit.
Nevada will host Arizona State for a single game this Tuesday, May 11 at 12 p.m. from Don Weir Field at Peccole Park.
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