Nevada baseball lets it slip away

The University of Nevada (15-11) committed a season high eight errors which led to seven unearned runs in an 11-8 loss to California (21-12) on Tuesday at Peccole Park in Reno. The loss snapped the Wolf Pack's four-game win streak as Cal won for the first time in four games.

Dayton's Matt Bowman started in left field and also played second base and went 1-for-2 for Nevada.

The unearned runs started in the first inning as the first error of the game led to a pair of unearned runs for the Golden Bears. Chris Errecart doubled in the first run and Josh Satin singled home the second. An unearned run in the top of the second made it 3-0.

The Pack responded with four runs in the bottom of the third to go in front 4-3. Jacob Butler singled home one and Shawn Scobee drove in two in the inning. Cal went back in front 5-4, scoring two runs in the top of the fifth with the second run being unearned.

In the bottom of the sixth, Nevada put four runs on the scoreboard to retake the lead 8-5. Robert Marcial doubled in David Ciarlo with the first run and Butler's three-run homer capped off the big inning. Butler's home run was the 31st of his career and moved him into sole possession of sixth place on the Pack career list.

Cal scored five runs in the seventh inning to take the lead for good. Matt Einspahr delivered the big hit with a bases clearing double. A single run in the top of the ninth made the final score 11-8.

Patrick Mason(0-1), the third of five Nevada pitchers suffered the loss allowing two runs, one earned in the game. Matt Swanson (4-0), the third of four Cal pitchers got the win to improve to 4-0 after pitching 2.1 scoreless innings. Golden Bear closer Travis Talbott retired the side in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.

Butler had three of the Pack's nine hits and drove in four runs. Brett Hayes and Marcial contributed two hits apiece.

Errecart had two hits to lead Cal while Einspahr finished with four RBI.

Nevada will play the second game of its current nine-game home stand on Friday when Hawai`i comes to town for the first of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Peccole Park. Friday's game is set for 2 p.m.

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