March 26, 2010

No. 13 UC Irvine Falls to Nevada in Series Opener

March 26, 2010

Box Score

RENO, Nev. --- No. 13 UC Irvine had its six-game win streak snapped, falling to Nevada 5-3 in the series opener Friday at Peccole Park. The loss dropped the Anteaters to 13-7 overall while the Wolf Pack climbed to a game above .500 at 11-10.

The Anteaters scored early, getting a run in the first on Brian Hernandez's first home run of the season. UCI added a run in the second as Jonathan Hurst delivered on a nine pitch at-bat with a single up the middle to score Ronnie Shaeffer, who walked and advanced to third on a Ryan Fisher single.

Nevada trimmed the lead to 2-1 on Carlos Escobar's leadoff home run in the third. The Wolf Pack then came up with a pair of triples to tie the game and Joe Kohan would drive in the go-ahead run with a flare to left-center to plate Nick Leid.

Brock Stassi drove an 0-1 offering from Bibona to center for the Wolf Pack's second home run of the game and give Nevada a 4-2 advantage. Shaun Kort would cap the scoring for the Wolf Pack with an RBI double in the seventh.

UCI rallied in the ninth. Drew Hillman doubled to right with one out and Tommy Reyes hit a two-out double to center to shave the lead to 5-3 but reliever Beau Witsoe retired the final Anteater batter on a grounder to end the game.

UCI starter Daniel Bibona fell to 3-2 on the season after giving up five runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings. The lefty struck out five and walked two, giving up more than one earned run for the first time since Feb. 27 when Coastal Carolina tagged Bibona for six runs.

Reliever Matt Summers shut out the Wolf Pack for 2/3 innings, including escaping a bases-loaded threat in the seventh. Sophomore Nick Hoover hit one batter but struck out two in a hitless eighth.

Nevada starter Chris Garcia improved to 2-1 after holding UCI to two runs on seven hits in six innings. Witsoe earned his first save of the season after pitching three innings of one-run, two-hit relief.

Stassi went 2 for 2 with an RBI and two runs scored for Nevada.