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Nevada rallies past Aggies for 6-5 victory

With two runs scored in the bottom of the 10th inning, Nevada defeated UC Davis, 6-5, on May 6 at Peccole Park. After this loss, the Aggies fell to 19-25 on the year, while Nevada improved to a 20-25 overall record.

It was the second time the Aggies played against the Wolf Pack this season. Last time, UC Davis hosted Nevada and posted a come-from-behind 4-3 victory.

In the May 6 matchup, the Aggies started off strong, scoring two runs in the second inning on three hits including a pair of doubles to gain an early 2-0 lead.

The Wolf Pack scored a run, bringing the score to 2-1, when Kewby Meyer doubled with two down in third inning and scored on Austin Byler. In the fifth inning, Nevada’s Byler and Jordan Devencenzi each hit a solo home run to put the Wolf Pack on top, 3-2.

Both teams were held without runs in the sixth and seventh innings. However, in the top of the eighth inning, UC Davis junior Tino Lipson scored on a wild patch and senior Adam Young added another run. With a pair of runs, UC Davis regained the lead, 4-3. However, Nevada scored in the bottom of the eighth on Byler’s RBI single to tie the game at four.

The ninth inning saw both teams failing to bring home the winning run, which set up an exciting 10th inning. The Aggies first scored on a go-ahead run in the top of the 10th to take a 5-4 advantage. Young was hit by pitch to start the inning and junior Kevin Barker walked. After a strike out, junior Nick Lynch was hit by pitch to load the bases. A ground out off of the bat of junior Austin March helped the Aggies drive home a run and head into the bottom of the inning with a 5-4 lead.

The Wolf Pack’s reserve outfielder TJ Friedl got a rally started with a double to right field. He was eventually driven in by a sacrifice fly from Byler, which tied the game at 5-5.

Later in the bottom of the 10th, an error and a single loaded the bases and put Meyer at third. With Jordan Dunatov at the plate, Meyer scored on a wild pitch to give Nevada a 6-5 victory.

With this loss, the Aggies suffered their sixth loss in their seventh trip to Reno. UC Davis will continue its road trip and play against Gonzaga University for a three-game series.

JANET ZENG can be reached at sports@theaggie.org.

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