Pullins hits first career homer in win over Stanford
RENO — It took 51 games, but Nevada freshman Taylor Pullins finally got his first career home run on Tuesday against Stanford at Peccole Park.
“Everybody has been ragging on me that I got warning track power. But I finally got one.”
He certainly did. It was a two-run shot in the bottom of the second that tied the game at 4. Still, his teammates aren’t convinced.
“It’s good to see him hit one. He got it up in the wind,” joked Tony Cappuccilli.
Pullins went 3-for-5 and five RBIs against Stanford and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Galena High grad Billy Paganetti, a freshman at Stanford, hasn’t had the type of year he envisioned. The former Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American has gotten only three at bats this season for the Cardinal and has yet to get on base. He broke his wrist earlier this year but is now 100 percent.
“It’s been a little frustrating,” Paganetti said. “I’d like to get in there, but we have a quality team. You have to be realistic.”
WOLF PACK’S INJURIES MOUNTING
Nevada coach Gary Powers saw two more players get injured against Stanford. Chris Dickerson, who just came off of knee surgery, strained his shoulder on a diving catch in the third inning. Also, senior Matt Maguire injured his wrist during a play at second base. Maguire said he’d be ready for this weekend’s series against Hawai’i, but Powers wasn’t sure about Dickerson’s status. Reed graduate Carlos Madrid missed Tuesday’s game because of an injury.
Even with their 13-12 win over the seventh-ranked Cardinal on Tuesday, the Wolf Pack still trails the all-time series 15-8. Stanford swept two games last season from Nevada, but the Wolf Pack won two years ago in Palo Alto, Calif., when the Cardinal were ranked No. 1 in the nation.
FRESHMAN MOVES UP CHARTS
In the seventh inning, freshman Bryan Johnson made his 23rd appearance for the Wolf Pack this season. That’s the ninth most appearances ever in a single season by a Nevada pitcher.