Pack falls on the road at No. 18 UCLA

26 Th11 2021 | 04:00

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Playing in its final non-conference game of the regular season, the Nevada baseball team fell on the road at No. 18 UCLA Tuesday evening by the final of 11-3.

A three-run fourth and five-run seventh from the Bruins proved to be the difference maker in the contest. The Wolf Pack though did strike first in the ball game after Joshua Zamora launched his 11th home run of the season to left center, giving Nevada an early 1-0 lead. The lead didn’t last long though as the Bruins got even in the bottom of the first after starting the inning off with back-to-back singles. UCLA grabbed the lead for good in the next inning as it scored two runs with two outs to take a 3-1 lead.

The Bruins again used some two out magic to put up a three spot in the fourth. After two consecutive walks, Kevin Kendall poked a triple down the right field line to score both of those runs and put himself in scoring position. Kendall scored on the next play when Michael Curialle singled and put UCLA ahead 6-1.

Nevada jumped back into the ball game in the sixth when it cut the deficit down to three. A leadoff walk placed a runner on base for Dillan Shrum, who connected on his ninth home run of the season to left center and brought the score down to 6-3 in favor of UCLA. Shrum has hit five home runs in his last five games dating back to last week against Arizona State. The final blow of the game though came in the bottom of the sixth when the Bruins tacked on five runs in the frame to take an 11-3 lead.

Of the Pack’s eight hits in the game, half of them were scattered between Zamora and Matt Clayton who collected two hits each. On the mound it was a staff day for the Wolf Pack, which used six pitchers in total. Kade Morris earned his first collegiate start but was saddled with the loss after giving up three earned runs in his 2.0 innings of work. Peyton Stumbo made his collegiate debut as he tossed the eighth inning and gave up just one hit with a strikeout.

Nevada is off this weekend and will return to the diamond for its final series of the regular season when it hosts San Jose State for four games May 28-30 with a doubleheader scheduled for the 29th.

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