Utah Baseball Falls to Nevada, 9-4

Published on March 15, 2017 at 06:58PM

RENO, Nev. – The Utah baseball team fell to Nevada, 9-4 in a midweek game on Wednesday afternoon.

With the game tied at 3-3 through five innings, Nevada scored three runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to pull away for the win.

Utah was led by Hunter Simmons, who was 3-for-5 at the plate. Ellis Kelly went 2-for-3 while Dallas Carroll hit an RBI triple.

Utah used five pitchers. Starter Josh Lapiana pitched three innings, allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Jacob Rebar, who earned the loss, threw 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Chase Bauerle surrendered two runs on one hit with a strikeout and two walks over 2/3 of an inning while Trenton Stoltz struck out two and allowed a run and a hit through an inning. Josh Tedeschi pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing one hit.

Utah got on the board quickly in the first inning. DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., walked to lead off the inning and scored on Carroll’s triple to left field. Carroll would then score on a passed ball to make it 2-0. The Utes loaded the bases as Simmons singled and Josh Rose and Wade Gulden both walked but the Wolfpack got out of the inning after a pop up and ground out.

Nevada cut Utah’s lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first after back-to-back two-out doubles. The Wolfpack tied the game at 2-2 in the second following a single and a double and took a 3-2 lead in the third on a solo homer that was just fair down the left field line.

Utah came back in the top of the fourth to again tie the game, 3-3. After Zack Moeller was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Kelly hit an infield single, a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Keirsey set up a run on a ground out by Oliver Dunn.

Nevada’s three runs in the sixth came off of three hits and a walk, all with two outs. A walk and single set up an RBI single while a double drove in two more runs for the Wolfpack in the inning. Nevada increased its lead with two runs in the seventh for an 8-3 advantage, which came after a pair of walks and two singles before a pair of strikeouts got the Utes out of the inning.

Utah got a run back in the eighth. Rose and Chandler Anderson both singled and a walk to Moeller loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Max Schuman walked to send a run in before a fly out ended the inning. The Wolfpack pulled back ahead in the eighth on an RBI double after a batter was hit to lead off the inning.

Utah begins Pac-12 play this weekend at Washington, with the three-game series beginning on Friday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. MT.