Rowe's 12th Inning Homer Lifts No. 5 Nevada Past No. 4 Fresno State
May 23, 2013
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FRESNO, Calif. - Jamison Rowe's two-out solo home run in the top of the 12th inning lifted No. 5 seed Nevada to a 4-3 victory over No. 4 seed Fresno State on Wednesday in the opening day of the 2013 Mountain West Baseball Championship at Pete Beiden Field.
Rowe, who entered the day batting .225 and was 1-for-4 on the night prior to the 12th, took a 1-1 pitch from Bulldog reliever Jordan Brink over the left-field fence. His shot snapped a seven-game losing streak for Nevada (25-30) and moved the Wolf Pack into the winner's bracket of the double elimination tournament where it is set to face No. 1 seed New Mexico at 7 p.m. Thursday night.
Before Rowe's heroics, the game was locked up in a pitchers' battle. All six runs in the game before it went to extras were scored in the first inning.
Hugo Hernandez connected on a three-run homer to left field for the Wolf Pack in the first inning.
Trent Garrison plated two for the Bulldogs with a single to left, the second run coming home after Nevada left fielder Brad Gerig booted the ball. Chris Mariscal then brought home Garrison with another single to plate the third first-inning run for the Bulldogs.
Following the early fireworks, both teams had their chances throughout the game to break the tie.
Nevada stranded 15 runners in the game, seven of which were in scoring position. Fresno State (21-32), who was out-hit 13-8 by the Wolf Pack, left eight runners on in the three-hour, 25-minute game. The Bulldogs stranded runners on third in both the second and fifth innings.
Nevada starter Braden Shipley went eight innings on 122 pitches with eight strikeouts and seven hits allowed. Daniel Levine (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win and Adam Whitt came in for the 12th to record the save, his first of the year.
Fresno State now will face Air Force at 11 a.m. in an elimination game.