Jameson keeps Nevada alive in WAC tourney
For the Nevada Appeal
Tom Jameson turned in arguably the best postseason performance by a starting pitcher in Nevada Wolf Pack history on Thursday in the Western Athletic Conference tournament.
Jameson had a perfect game through the second out in the eighth inning as the Wolf Pack kept its season alive with a 3-1 victory over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.
The Pack, 6-0 losers in its opening WAC tournament game on Wednesday, will now play in an elimination game this morning (11 a.m.) against New Mexico State. Nevada, now 35-21-1 this season, will have to win two games today to keep its season alive.
Jameson, an 18-year-old freshman from Reno High, retired the first 23 hitters he faced and allowed just one hit and a walk in eight innings to improve to 6-1 on the season. The first Louisiana Tech hitter to reach base against the 6-foot-6, 210-pound right-hander came on a home run by Clint Ewing with two outs in the eighth inning.
Jameson was removed after walking leadoff hitter Jonathan Mire in the ninth inning. Tyler Graham recorded his 10th save of the year.
Jameson’s performance has to be one of the best ever by a Pack starting pitcher in the postseason. The righthander dominated the Bulldogs, striking out four. His effort is the best performance by a Wolf Pack freshman starter in the postseason since Carson High graduate Darrell Rasner went 5.2 innings and allowed just two runs in beating Fresno State, 13-5, in the semifinals of the NCAA Regional at Stanford in 2000.
The Pack, which went scoreless in the tournament over its first 12 innings, gave Jameson a 1-0 lead on a two-out solo homer by Nick Melino in the fourth inning.
Joe Kohan singled with two outs and later scored on a wild pitch to give the Pack a 2-0 lead in the eighth.
The final Pack run came across in the ninth as Melino drove home pinch-runner Jamison Rowe with a single for a 3-1 lead.
Brock Stassi or Chris Garcia is expected to start this morning for the Pack.