The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team can’t wait to get back to Reno.
The Wolf Pack came up empty this weekend at UC Irvine, losing to the Anteaters 6-0 on Sunday to suffer its first three-game series sweep since May 15-17, 2014 at UNLV. The loss in front of a crowd of 652 at Anteater Park is the Pack’s first shutout setback since March 30 of last year at Santa Clara (3-0) and its biggest shutout loss since a 12-0 defeat at Utah on April 25, 2014.
The Wolf Pack, which will host Santa Clara at Peccole Park on Tuesday (3 p.m.) to open its home season, is now 3-5. A year ago the Pack did not lose its fifth game until the 26th game of the season.
Three Irvine pitchers, led by starter Shaun Vetrovec, held the Pack to just four hits. Vetrovec, now 2-0, allowed three hits and a walk in seven innings while striking out six. Sean Sparling and Calvin Faucher each pitched a shutout inning to wrap up the victory for the Antaters (5-3).
Trenton Brooks started for the Wolf Pack and was roughed up for seven hits, six runs and four walks in five innings. Brooks, now 0-2, also hit a batter and committed a balk. Charlie Brooks (2.1 innings) and Cooper Powell (two-thirds of an innings) followed Brooks to the mound.
The Wolf Pack, which was outscored 18-8 and outhit 32-22 in the series, managed just four singles. Justin Bridgman singled in the first and was later wiped out by a double play. T.J. Freidl singled in the second, Justin Hazard singled in the fifth and Brandon Evans singled in the eighth. Harzard was also retired on a double play after his single.
Irvine, which plays in the Big West Conference, got a two-run double by Alex Guenette in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Keston Hiura drilled a two-run homer in the third innings to make it 4-0. Hiura (fifth inning) and Parker Coss (sixth) also had sacrifice flies.
The Wolf Pack is now 3-8 over its last 11 games dating back to the last three games of last season.