Nevada shows UVS 'Howe' it's done
Appeal Staff Report
Nevada right-hander Kyle Howe is in a groove he and his teammates hope lasts the rest of the season.
Howe, 5-0, scattered seven hits and needed just 78 pitches to subdue Utah Valley State, 5-1, in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park.
Nevada, 20-14, also took the second game, 11-3, and will shoot for a series sweep today at 1 p.m., when freshman lefty Brock Stassi duels Wolverines ace Marcus Moore.
In the opener, Nevada took a 1-0 lead in the second when former Western Nevada College star Tyson Jaquez hit a two-out homer to left-centerfield off starter/loser Aaron Brady, who yielded six hits in eight innings of work.
The Wolf Pack made it 2-0 in the fourth when Terry Walsh led off with a homer to left. Shaun Kort singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. He was stranded when Jaquez rolled out to short.
Nevada made it 3-0 on Mike Hale's sacrifice fly.
Utah Valley State snapped Howe's shutout in the seventh on Scott Croshaw's single that scored Jace Brinkerhoff, who had doubled.
In the second game, the usually light-hitting Travis Simas drove in four runs with a triple and infield out, and Jason Sadoian went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs to lead the Nevada attack.
Nevada took a 1-0 lead in the first when Sadoian singled and was forced at second by Dayton High School graduate Matt Bowman. Jason Rodriguez drove Bowman home with a single to right on a 1-0 pitch.
The Pack made it 4-0 in the second, scoring three times on just one hit.
After one out, David Ciarlo was hit by a pitch and stole second. Mike Hale walked and Kevin Rodland was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Simas grounded out to third, scoring Ciarlo and the other runners moving up to second and third. Sadoian singled to short, scoring Hale and Rodland.
The Wolverines made it 4-1 in the third, as Pack starter Dan Eastham walked two hitters and then yielded a run-scoring single to Ryan Jones.
Nevada exploded for five runs in the third for a 9-1 advantage, three coming on Simas' triple to right-center field. Sadoian also had another run-scoring hit.
That cushion was more than enough for Pack relievers Chris Garcia and Derek Achelpohl, who pitched three innings apiece. Garcia picked up his second win in five decisions, allowing two runs and six hits, and Achepohl allowed two hits and fanned five over the last three innings to pick up his first save.