LAS VEGAS – The Nevada baseball team picked up its first sweep of the season, defeating UNLV for a third consecutive day in Governor’s Series action Saturday.
The Wolf Pack downed the Rebels, 7-4, in the series finale at Earl E. Wilson Stadium behind four runs in the seventh inning.
Nevada has defeated UNLV in seven straight games while winning the past three series. The Wolf Pack improved to 10-12 overall and 4-4 in Mountain West play. Nevada has also won five of its past six games.
The Pack trailed by two runs Saturday before scoring four runs in the seventh and two in the eighth. Nevada overcame a five-run deficit for a 7-5 win on Thursday and also won 6-5 in extra innings on Friday.
Nevada drew three straight walks to open the game and load the bases, but UNLV ended the threat with a strikeout and 4-6-3 double play before scoring two runs in its half of the inning.
Redshirt freshman Keaton Smith doubled off the left field wall with two outs in the second inning, scoring junior Justin Bridgman for the Pack’s first run. The Rebels answered with one run in the fourth inning to push their lead to 3-1.
In the seventh, Nevada loaded the bases on two outs before senior Bryce Greager hit a two RBI single to center field and sophomore Grant Fennell hit a two RBI single off the right field wall. Nevada added two runs in the eighth as junior Trenton Brooks hit a deep RBI double before junior Miles Mastrobuoni followed with an RBI single.
In addition to batting leadoff, Brooks started on the mound for Nevada and improved to 2-3. The two-way player logged 6 innings while allowing seven hits, three walks and two earned runs while striking out five. Junior RHP Ty Pennington pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief and junior RHP Evan McMahan earned his second save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth.
The Wolf Pack had 11 hits. Greager led Nevada’s offense, going 2-of-5 with two RBI and one run. Bridgman notched two hits and matched a career-high with three runs. Hazard also went 2-of-5.
Nevada returns to action Tuesday at UC Davis (6-12). First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.