USAF ACADMY, Colo. – The University of Nevada baseball team pounded out a season-high 17 hits in an 8-4 victory at Air Force on Friday afternoon. The Wolf Pack won the first of three Mountain West games being played this weekend at the Air Force Academy.
The Wolf Pack improved to 21-20 on the season and 8-11 in MW play. The Falcons dropped to 11-29 and 4-15 in conference action.
Nevada scored runs in each of the first four innings to build a 5-2 lead for pitching ace Braden Shipley (6-2) who was feeling ill throughout the game. Shipley struck out a season low one but went seven innings to win his sixth game of the season. The righty allowed three runs on six hits.
In the sixth inning Nevada scored three runs on three hits to take an 8-1 advantage after six innings. Left fielder Kewby Meyer’s sacrifice fly scored the first run and sophomore catcher Ryan Teel drove home the final two Pack runs of the game with his second double of the day.
The Falcons scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to make the final score 8-4.
Cameron White (2-9) was tagged with the loss allowing eight runs on 14 hits in six innings on the mound.
All nine Pack starters had at least one hit in the game with six collecting multiple hits. Teel (4-for-5,R,3RBI) led the way with a career-high four hits and tied his career high with three RBI. Jamison Rowe, Meyer, Austin Byler, Brooks Klein and Brett Jones all had two hits each.
Garrett Custons, Seth Kline and Peter Johnson had two hits apiece for the Falcons. Johnson drove in two of the Air Force’s four runs.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT on Saturday afternoon. Nevada’s Tyler Wells (4-3) will take the mound for the Pack and Ben Bertelson (1-4) will pitch for Air Force.