Jason Deitrich never allowed the Pacific Tigers to come up for air.
The senior right-hander became the first Nevada Wolf Pack pitcher to go the distance this season, beating the Tigers 5-1 Friday afternoon in front of a crowd of 784 at Peccole Park. Deitrich is the first Wolf Pack pitcher to toss a complete game since he did it last May 22 in a 4-0 win over San Jose State in the Mountain West tournament.
The Wolf Pack is now 8-1 this season and a perfect 4-0 at home for the first time since 1999. This is the Pack’s best start to a season after nine games since the 1994 team also started 8-1.
Deitrich dominated the Tigers, allowing just five hits and three walks while striking out eight. The 6-foot-6 Deitrich is now 2-0 this season with a 1.96 earned run average in three starts. He is also 5-2 in his Wolf Pack career over the last two years with an earned run average of 2.65 over 21 games, 16 starts and 102 innings.
The only run he allowed on Friday came in the fourth inning when Pacific took a brief 1-0 lead. Deitrich allowed just two hits over the final 5.2 innings.
Pacific, though, has had problems scoring this season. The Tigers are now 0-9 this season and have been outscored 63-19. They have also scored exactly one run in each of their last three games and just 10 runs combined over their last seven games.
The Pack took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning as Cal Stevenson drove in a run with a single and Michael Blasko scored from third when Kewby Meyer reached on a throwing error by Pacific third baseman J.J. Wagner.
It was all the run support Deitrich needed.
The Pack, though, tacked on two more runs in the sixth as Bryce Greager drove home a run with a sacrifice fly and Blasko singled in a run. Blasko, who had just one at-bat over the Pack’s first eight games, was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. The 5-10, 185-pound freshman, hit .523, .455 and .410 over the last three seasons at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas and helped the Gaels win three state titles.
Jordan Pearce walked with the bases loaded in the seventh as the Pack upped its lead to 5-2. Kyle Hunt doubled, Austin Byler was intentionally walked and Trenton Brooks also coaxed a walk to load the bases for Pearce.
Will Lydon went five innings and allowed five hits and four runs (three earned) to take the loss for Pacific and fall to 0-3 on the year.
Stevenson also went 2-for-4 as the Pack’s eighth (Blasko) and ninth (Stevenson) hitters were a combined 4-for-8 with two RBI.
The Tigers and Pack will complete their three-game series with afternoon (1 p.m. each day) games on Saturday and Sunday at Peccole Park.