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WOLF PACK NOTEBOOK

Nevada on a home run binge

RENO — The Wolf Pack has now hit 11 home runs in the their last three games after hitting two homers in Saturday’s 11-8 loss in 11 innings to San Jose State at Peccole Park.

They hit four solo homers in Friday’s win over the Spartans four more in Tuesday’s 21-5 win over the University of San Francisco.

Curtis Wickwire hit a pinch hit three-run home run in the sixth off Jeremy Rogelstad that tied the game at 5. It was Wickwire’s seventh homer of the season, tying him for the team lead with Jeff Tolotti. Wickwire has only 10 hits this season, but seven of them have gone yard.

“Curtis has an uncanny gift for coming off the bench,” said Nevada coach Gary Powers. “He’s better as a pinch hitter than as a starter. It’s just amazing. He’s such a valuable asset. We’re really glad to have him.”

In the eighth, freshman Chris Gimenez hit his first career homer, a two-run shot that brought Nevada to within one run, 8-7.

“It’s about time,” Gimenez said of his homer off of Donald Gemmell. “It was basically a fast ball right down the middle.”

MAGUIRE MOVING UP THE CHARTS

Wolf Pack senior Matt Maguire is now tied for third all time in games played at Nevada, tying him with Lyle Overbay, who’s currently playing with the Tucson Sidewinders, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ AAA affiliate.

Maguire, who hasn’t started the past three games, entered the game top of the eighth for Carlos Madrid and has now played in 209 games in his career. Maguire has to play in five of Nevada’s final 16 games to pass Andy Dominique for first all time.

MORE BAY AREA TEAMS PLEASE

Saturday’s loss to San Jose State marked the first loss by the Wolf Pack to a Bay area team this season. Nevada had been 7-0 against teams from the bay coming into the game, including a three-game sweep of Santa Clara earlier this season and a pair of wins over Saint Mary’s.

They have five games left against Bay area teams, including today’s 1 p.m. game against Spartans and a game against No. 4 Stanford on May 14 in Reno.

RASNER UPDATE

After taking a hit to the shin on Friday, Carson High grad Darrell Rasner watched Saturday’s game on crutches. He said that he can’t put pressure on his left leg and might have to push back his next scheduled start, which would be next Friday against Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.

Rasner, who won his fifth game of the season in Nevada’s 8-2 win on Friday win over San Jose State, said his X-ray was negative for fractures and the official diagnosis is a severe bone bruise.

DOUBLEY DAY AT PECCOLE PARK

Nevada and San Jose State combined to hit 13 doubles on Saturday, just under half of the two team’s combined total hit output of 33. Five of the Spartans’ first six hits of the game were doubles.

A LONG DAY AT PECCOLE

Saturday’s game time of four hours and six minutes was the longest game of the season in Reno, nudging out a March 2 game against Saint Mary’s that lasted four hours and five minutes.