The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team came out swinging Tuesday night in Tempe, Ariz.
The Wolf Pack scored nine runs in the first four innings to clobber the Arizona State Dun Devils 11-5 in front of a crowd of 2,036. The Pack (3-2) has now won three games in a row after losing a season-opening doubleheader to Northwestern last Friday. Arizona State is now 4-1 and had not trailed over its first 36 innings this season until the Pack took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Tuesday.
Bryce Greager drove in a career-high five runs, all in the first four innings. Greager had a sacrifice fly in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third and a two-run single in the fourth inning as the Pack took a 9-1 lead. Greager is now hitting .364 this season with a triple, homer and seven RBI. Justin Bridgman scored three runs, Jordan Pearce had three hits, Keaton Smith had two hits and two RBI and Miles Mastrobuoni scored two and drove in two. Mastrobuoni is now hitting .636 (7-for-11) this season.
The Pack jumped all over Arizona State’s Fitz Stadler in the first inning. Stadler, a freshman making his first college start, allowed six hits and six runs in 2.1 innings. Bridgman singled and scored on a triple by Trenton Brooks as the Pack took a 1-0 lead just three hitters into the game. Greager brought home Brooks with a sacrifice fly and Smith drove home two with a single as the Pack took a quick 4-0 lead.
The lead was stretched to 6-1 in the third as Greager clubbed a two-run homer. Greager’s two-run single and a run-scoring single by Pearce gave the Pack a 9-1 lead in the third.
Sam Held started for the Pack and went four strong innings to pick up the victory. Held allowed five hits, two walks and two runs while striking out four. Alex Lott, Cameron Rowland, Evan McMahan and Ty Pennington followed Held to the mound. Pennington didn’t allow a hit, walk or run in his two innings and now has allowed just one run, two hits and no walks this season in three appearances and 5.2 innings.
The Wolf Pack’s final two runs came home in the eighth on a two-run single by Mastrobuoni.
The two teams combined to walk 12. Arizona State walked seven, including three in the fourth after two were out, setting up a two-run Pack inning.
Colby Woodmansee hit a three-run homer for Arizona State in the fifth inning to cut the Pack lead to 9-5. Andrew Snow also was 3-for-3 with a walk for the Sun Devils. Arizona State came into the game at 4-0, outscoring Xavier 20-6 in a four-game series.
The Wolf Pack, which has never lost to Arizona State in three games (the previous two victories were in 2001 and 2006) will open a three-game series at UC Irvine on Friday.