No. 3 Nevada Run-Rules No. 5 Air Force to Advance to Championship Final
Courtesy of Chelsey Chamberlain, UNM Athletics
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The third-seeded Nevada baseball team (37-23) run-ruled No. 5 Air Force (30-27) 12-1 in seven innings to advance to the 2016 Mountain West Championship Final Saturday afternoon at Santa Ana Star Field, on the University of New Mexico Campus.
Nevada will face the undefeated No. 2 seed New Mexico tonight at 5 p.m. MT. Should Nevada win the 5 p.m. game, the two teams will meet again at 1 p.m. MT on Sunday in the double-elimination tournament.
After giving up one run in the top of the first to Air Force, junior right-hander Ty Pennington shut down the Falcons the rest of the game. He allowed just six hits in his complete-game effort. He struck out two, walked two and remains undefeated on the season at 4-0.
“At this time of the year, all of these games are big,” said head Nevada Coach T.J. Bruce. “We have to go out and make the least mistakes in this next game.”
Nevada’s offense started in the bottom of the first after a two sacrifice flies from junior Trenton Brooks and sophomore Cole Krzmarzick. The Wolf Pack tacked on three more in the second off two singles and a sacrifice bunt. Seven more runs came in the next four innings which was highlighted by a sophomore Jordan Pearce two-run home run to right field.
“It was a great game by everyone,” said Pearce. “We got good pitches to hit but we are putting this behind us and looking forward to New Mexico.”
Pearce and junior Justin Bridgman led the Wolf Pack with a combined 7-for-8 effort. Pearce went 3-for-4 while Bridgman was a perfect 4-for-4. The two finished with two and three RBI, respectively.
Air Force’s lefty Ethan Nichols was charged with the loss, dropping to 0-4 on the season. He allowed two runs off one hit in one-third of an inning of work. Junior Tyler Jones led the Falcons at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort, including an RBI-double
Live streaming of the 2016 MW Baseball Championship is available through the Mountain West Network (MWN) on TheMW.com and CampusInsiders.com. All live broadcasts are free of charge. Paul Loeffler, Robert Portnoy, Don Marchand and Chris Ello will call the games from Santa Ana Star Field. David Lombardi returns to the MWN broadcast team to provide color analysis and in-game features for a fourth consecutive season.
In addition, fans can watch live video on their mobile devices for free with the MW mobile app. Links to live stats, game highlights, recaps and box scores will also be available on the Mountain West Championship Central page on TheMW.com. The Mountain West application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from Google Play for Android phones and tablets. Broadcasts are also available on the Campus Insiders app and Verizon customers can watch on the go90 app.
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