May 13, 2014
RENO, Nevada – Utah Valley University dropped its final non-conference game of the season, 4-2, at the University of Nevada on Tuesday night at Peccole Park. The Wolverines (24-26) loaded the bases in the ninth with two outs, but could not score in falling to the Wolf Pack (28-22) of Mountain West Conference.
Nevada scored twice in the first and once in the third to lead 3-0 early. Kewby Meyer doubled to lead off the bottom of the first and scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Trenton Brooks.
The Wolverines, stifled over the first five innings by Wolf Pack starter Mark Nowaczewski, got two runs in the sixth to get within a run. Zach Slesk led off with a single and scored on a double by Kade Andrus.
Andrus later came in on a base hit by Sean Moysh, putting runners on first and third with no outs. However, UVU was unable to push any more runs across and Nevada added another run in the bottom of the inning to take the 4-2 lead.
Nowaczewski (1-1) got the win for Nevada while Patrick Wolfe (2-2) took the loss after lasting six innings in his first career start and in his hometown of Reno. Colby Blueberg got the save after retiring Seth Rhineer to end the game with the bases full. In the ninth, Craig Brinkerhoff had a leadoff single, Slesk had a two-out bunt single and Andrus was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Trenton Brooks, who started the game in centerfield and had two RBIs, pitched the sixth and eighth innings and played the ninth in right field.
Slesk was 2-for-2, collecting two of Utah Valley’s six hits, while Meyer and Brad Gerig had two of the Wolf Pack’s six hits.
The Wolverines now head to Phoenix to face second place Grand Canyon in a crucial Western Athletic Conference series. Utah Valley is currently in line for the second seed in next week’s WAC Tournament in Mesa, Arizona, one game in front of Texas-Pan American and Bakersfield.