The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team can do no wrong.
The Wolf Pack stayed unbeaten this season with a 12-7 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs at Peccole Park on Saturday. The Pack, which will be looking for a three-game sweep in this Mountain West-opening series on Sunday, is now 6-0 for the first time since 1994.
The Pack, which beat the Bulldogs 9-8 on a walk-off 10th inning home run by Austin Byler to open the series on Friday, was once again the beneficiary of some wildness by the Fresno pitching staff. Fresno State walked eight, including four with the bases loaded to force in four runs in the pivotal five-run fifth inning, and hit two Pack hitters.
The Pack also made the most out of its nine hits, drilling two more home runs, by Kyle Hunt and Bryce Greager.
The Pack took a 2-1 lead in the second with a pair of run off Fresno starter Dylan Lee. Trenton Brooks singled and scored on Greager’s two-run home run. The Pack them scored four more run in the third to build its lead to 6-2. Hunt homered to lead off the inning and was followed later in the inning by a two-run double by Greager and a run-scoring single by Grant Fennell. Greager’s double scored Ryan Howell, who was hit by a pitch, and Brooks, who walked.
Greager was 2-for-4 with four RBI.
Lee lasted just four innings for the Bulldogs and allowed seven hits and seven runs while walking three.
Fresno cut the Pack lead to 7-4 with two runs in the sixth off Pack reliever Sam Held. Held, though, earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the year despite allowing two runs (one earned) and three walks in just 1.2 innings.
The Wolf Pack put the game away with five runs in the sixth off Fresno relievers Ricky Thomas and Brennan Williams.
The Wolf Pack barely had to dwing the bat to score the five runs. Hunt, Byler, Howell, Brooks and Jordan Pearce all walked in the inning after a double by Cal Stevenson. The walks to Byler, Howell, Brooks and Pearce all forced in runs. Jordan Devencenzi also had a sacrifice fly in the inning and Keby Meyer singled.
Despite all the offense, the Wolf Pack still needed closer Adam Whitt to come on in the ninth inning. Whitt entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs and promptly fanned Brody Russell to end the game and pick up his third save of the year. Russell was 0-for-6 with three strikeouts.
The Pack used six pitchers in the game. Jason Deitrich started and lasted just 3.1 innings and allowed six hits and a walk and two runs. The first four relievers who followed Deitrich to the mound (JoJo Romero, Held, Jordan Pearce and Evan McMahan) combined to allow eight hits and five runs in 5.1 innings. Fresno State, now 3-3, 0-2, had 14 hits.