That old Pack magic might be coming back.
The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team scored seven unanswered runs to wipe out a 5-0 deficit on Thursday to stun the UNLV Rebels 7-5 in front of a crowd of 676 at Wilson Stadium in as Vegas. The Wolf Pack, now 8-12 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain West, got RBI singles by Jordan Pearce, Justin Hazard and Cole Krzmarzick in the ninth inning off Rebel reliever Ben Wright for the victory. UNLV fell to 8-12, 3-4.
Evan McMahan pitched three brilliant innings of relief for the Pack to make the victory possible. McMahan pitched the final three innings and allowed just a hit and a walk and no runs. McMahan, who got credit for the victory and is now 1-0 on the year, fanned three with two coming in the ninth inning. Wright, now 1-1, took the loss after allowing five hits and four runs in 2.2 innings.
UNLV, which is coached this season by former Wolf Pack assistant coach Stan Stolte, jumped out to a 5-0 lead after six innings against Wolf Pack starter Christian Stolo. Two Pack errors, by third baseman Bryce Greager and shortstop Justin Bridgman, paved the way for three UNLV runs in the third. Justin Jones also drove in a run in the inning for UNLV with a single.
The Rebels increased their lead to 5-0 with two runs in the sixth off Stolo. Austin Anderson and Payton Squier, now hitting .416, each had RBI singles in the inning.
The Wolf Pack offense came to life in the seventh against Rebel starter D.J. Myers and reliever Ryan Hare. Justin Bridgman and Trenton Brooks drove in runs with singles off Myers to cut the UNLV lead to 5-2. Hare then entered the game and experienced control problems, hitting Greager with a pitch and tossing a wild pitch, allowing Bridgman to score.
The Wolf Pack then closed the gap to 5-4 with a run in the eighth off Wright. Pearch singled and Hazard walked to start the rally. Bridgman then brought home Pearce with a ground out to short.
Wright then fell apart in the ninth. Greager singled and was bunted to second by Miles Mastrobuoni. T.J. Freidl then walked but Grant Fennell fanned for the second out. Pearce, however, singled in pinch-runner Keaton Smith to tie the game while Hazard and Krzmarzick followed with RBI singles to give the Pack the lead.
Myers, who was 4-2 with a 2.37 earned run average for the College of Southern Nevada in 2014, allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in 6.1 innings. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound right-hander struck out seven and now has 38 strikeouts in 35.2 innings this year. Myers, who graduated from Coronado High in southern Nevada, is 2-0 this year with a 3.28 ERA.
Pearce was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a RBI for the Pack. Hazard and Krzmarzick each had two hits. Squier had three hits for UNLV.
The two teams will also meet on Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas.