Wolf Pack remains in WAC lead with win over Hawaii
April 12, 2009
RENO – University of Nevada senior Derek Achelpohl pitched eight strong innings as the Wolf Pack defeated No. 23-ranked Hawai`i 10-5 in the final game of a Western Athletic Conference series at Peccole Park on Saturday afternoon.
Former South Tahoe High pitcher Daniel Tinlin, a junior, recorded the final two outs in the ninth inning after Hawaii rallied for two runs against another pitcher. Tinlin, who leads the Pack staff in earned run average and saves, needed only four pitches for the last two outs.
With the victory, the Wolf Pack won the series 2-1, with the fourth game being canceled because rain forced the postponement of Friday’s game, which was complete earlier Saturday. The Rainbows won that game, 13-11.
The series win was the third in a row for the Pack as they improved to 16-17 on the season and remain in first place in the WAC with a 5-2 mark UH dropped to 21-12 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
Nevada got a leadoff double from right fielder Matt Bowman, a Dayton High product, in the bottom of the first inning and an infield single from center fielder Westley Moss put runners on the corners for first baseman Shaun Kort. With Kort at the plate Moss stole second base and an errant throw by UH catcher Landon Hernandez allowed Bowman to score as Moss moved to third base. Kort’s ground out to second base scored Moss and it was 2-0.
UH left fielder Sean Montplaisir’s home run in the second inning closed the gap to a single run at 2-1. In the third inning consecutive singles from Moss, Kort and third baseman Tyson Jaquez scored a run. Left fielder Nick Melino’s ground out scored a second run in the inning and the Pack were on top 4-1. Hernandez homered in the top of the fourth inning and it was a 4-2 contest.
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Melino singled home his second run of the game in the fifth but UH scored an unearned run in the sixth and it was 5-3. The Pack exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to go on top 10-3. Bowman doubled home the first run of the inning and Moss’ single scored the next two. Melino’s first career home run plated the final two of the inning.
The Rainbows scored two runs off reliever Beau Witsoe in the top of the ninth inning after Achelpohl had been removed from the game to make the final score 10-5.
Achelpohl (3-3) won his second consecutive start allowing the three runs, two earned on eight hits in his eight innings on the mound. Nate Klein (0-2) suffered the loss giving up four runs, three earned on five hits in three innings.
Moss (4 for 5,4,2 RBI) tied three career-highs with four hits, four runs scored and two RBI. Bowman (3 for 5, two runs, RBI) added three hits and scored two runs.
Nevada continues its longest home stand of the season on Thursday when the Pack begins a four-game WAC series with New Mexico State. The first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.