Nevada baseball opens season by whacking No. 24 Missouri State, 16-4

Josh Zamora
Josh Zamora and the Wolf Pack romped over Missouri State on Friday. (NCAA photo)

The Nevada baseball team started the season with authority.

The Wolf Pack opened the year Friday with a 16-4 victory over Missouri State, which entered the season ranked 24th in the nation, in a tournament in San Marcos, Texas.

Nevada (1-0) dominated the action and led 15-1 before the Bears tacked on three runs in the eighth inning. The Wolf Pack got a strong start by Ryan Anderson and out-hit Missouri State, 14-7.

Anderson (1-0), a lanky lefty who pitched in relief last season, allowed just one run over five innings. He gave up four hits and struck out six. The Spanish Springs High alum put just seven batters on base.

The Wolf Pack smacked four home runs, a two-run shot by Kaleb Foster; a three-run shot by Jaylon McLaughlin; a three-run shot by Keaton Smith; and a solo shot by Tyler Bosetti.

Four Nevada hitters had multiple hits, including Wes Hatten (3-of-3, three runs); Josh Zamora (2-of-5, two runs); Tilley (2-of-5, two runs); and Smith (2-of-4, two runs, three RBIs).

Missouri State, which had won six straight opening-day games, is coming off back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances. The Bears entered the season with College World Series aspirations, although it did lose ace pitcher Ty Buckner to a ruptured Achilles tendon last week. Nevada, which won its first opening-day game under fourth-year coach T.J. Bruce, is looking for its first Regional berth since 2000.

The Wolf Pack, which starts the season with 16 straight games away from home, returns to action Saturday when it plays tournament host Texas State at 2 p.m.

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