The Nevada Wolf Pack flipped on the power switch Sunday to trounce the New Mexico Lobos.
The Wolf Pack had nine extra base hits to beat the Lobos 9-2 at Peccole Park and win the Mountain West series. The Pack is now 15-4 overall and in first place in the Mountain West at 7-2. New Mexico fell to 11-6, 5-4.
The Pack has played five three-game series this season and won all five. They swept the first three against Abilene Christian, Fresno State and Pacific and won two-of-three against UNLV and New Mexico the past two weekends for an overall record of 13-2 in their five three-game series.
The Wolf Pack had just seven hits combined in splitting the first two games of the series. On Sunday the Pack had 15 hits, which included six singles, six doubles, two triples and a home run.
Austin Byler, who was inserted at the top of the order for one game on Saturday for the fist time in his Pack career, returned to the two hole and led the Wolf Pack offensive outburst. Byler drilled his sixth home run of the year and drove in three runs on three hits. He also had two doubles and scored two runs.
The first four hitters in the Pack lineup – Cal Stevenson, Byler, Ryan Howell and Trenton Brooks — combined to go 10-for-16 with six RBI and eight runs scored.
The beneficiary of the offensive support was starting pitcher Michael Fain. The 6-foot-6 righthander turned in his best outing of the year, allowing six hits and two runs in five innings. It was the first time this year that Fain had lasted as long as five innings. Over his last four outings before Sunday, Fain had allowed 18 hits and 13 runs (10 earned) to go along with seven walks over just nine innings.
Fain, now 2-0, lowered his ERA to 7.00.
Christian Stolo dominated the Lobos over the final four innings, allowing just two hits and two walks and no runs for his first save of the year.
The Wolf Pack took a 1-0 lead on a RBI triple by Howell in the first inning. Byler hit a solo homer in the third as the Pack took a 2-0 lead.
The Wolf Pack then broke the game open with five runs in the fourth off Lobo relievers Luis Gonzalez and Victor Sanchez. Byler drove in a run with a double, Howell had a two-run single and Kewby Meyer followed with a two-run double. Sanchez allowed five hits and three runs without recording an out.
Byler added a RBI double in the seventh and Jordan Pearce chipped in with a RBI single (after a Brooks triple) in the eighth.
The Wolf Pack will travel to Sacramento State to meet the Hornets (10-8) on Tuesday (6:35 p.m.). The Pack will host the Cincinnati Bearcats for four games at Peccole Park Wednesday through Saturday. Cincinnati started the year 1-9 but has won five of its last seven games and is now 6-11.