Wolf Pack pounds Lobos in three-game sweep
Behind performances from designated hitter Mike Echavia and pitcher Jake Jackson the University of Nevada baseball team defeated New Mexico 14-1 on Sunday to complete the three-game Mountain West series sweep of the Lobos.
The Wolf Pack won the three games at Don Weir Field at Peccole Park by scorers of 15-2, 5-2, and 14-1 to improve to 20-13 overall and 14-4 in MW play. The Lobos have lost nine in a row and stand at 12-21-1 on the season and 6-12 in conference play.
After Jackson worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the first inning Echavia went to work in the bottom of the first, belting a three-run homer to stake the Pack to a 3-0 lead. Nevada scored 10 more runs over the next four innings and led 13-0 after five innings.
While the Pack offense was putting up runs, Jackson was shutting down the Lobos until the sixth when they scored their lone run of the game after the first two hitters of the inning were retired. Nevada’s final run of the game came in the eighth on bases loaded walk to Weston Hatten to make the final score 14-1.
Jackson (6-1) won his team-leading sixth game of the season allowing a run on five hits in six innings on the mound. Cooper Powell retired all six batters he faced in his two innings and Austin Dick pitched a scoreless ninth. Drew Gillespie (2-1) was tagged with the loss allowing seven runs in three innings.
Echavia led the offense with five hits, five RBI and scored twice. The five hits tied his career high and is tied for the high for Pack player this season as is the five RBI. Zamora finished with a season-high four hits and drove in a pair.
Nevada freshman Tyler Bosetti collected a career-high three hits and drove in two runs as the Wolf Pack defeated New Mexico 5-2 on Saturday to secure the series win.
The Pack won 15-2 on Friday and has won all six MW series this season and eight dating back to last year.
Junior Dalton Gomez did not allow a hit over the first five innings of Saturday’s game and the Pack offense staked him to a 2-0 lead. In the first inning Weston Hatton singled and scored on Grant Fennell’s RBI triple. In the second inning, former Douglas High School player Kaleb Foster doubled and scored on a Bosetti single to make it 2-0.
In the top of the seventh UNM tied the game with an RBI single from Justin Watari and a sacrifice fly by Brayden Merritt. It was the second game in a row that Nevada led UNM 2-0, but the Lobos rallied to tie the score at 2-2.
The Pack responded as they did on Friday, scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh. Foster singled and scored on Bosetti’s RBI double as part of three consecutive extra base hits. Keaton Smith tripled home Bosetti and Joshua Zamora’s double scored Smith with the final run of the game.
Grant Ford (1-0) earned the win tossing 1.2 scoreless innings. Keone Cabinian earned his sixth save of the season pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Bosetti finished with a game-high three hits and drove in a pair. Foster and Cole Krzmarzick had two hits each.