Nevada baseball team aims for some home cooking after slow start to season

Dillan Shrum
Dillan Shrum has been Nevada's best hitters in its first two series. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Coming off one of the worst starts in program history, the Nevada baseball team is hoping some home cooking will jolt the team to a win.

The Wolf Pack has started this season by losing its first six games, its fourth-longest skid to begin a year, bettered only by the 1989 and 2011 seasons (nine straight losses) and the 1975 campaign (eight straight losses).

Nevada gets back to action Friday in its home opener at Peccole Park when it hosts Hofstra at 3 p.m. The Wolf Pack plays Hofstra again Saturday at noon before hosting Wichita State at 4 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Hofstra enters this week's game 1-6 while Wichita State is 6-2. The Wolf Pack has been swept by Portland and Oregon in three-game series to start the season.

Offense has been Nevada's main issue as the Wolf Pack has just 10 runs in six games. It has scored more than two runs in only one of its six games. Senior first baseman Dillan Shrum has gotten off to the best start, hitting .286 with two homers and four RBIs. The only other regulars hitting better than .200 are Joshua Zamora and Wyatt Tilley, who are both at 5-of-23 (.217).

Nevada has pitched to a 7.63 ERA, but it did show improvement in the Oregon series. Owen Sharts and Jake Jackson combined to allow just one earned run in their starts against the Ducks, which covered 13 innings. Sharts has struck out 16 batters in 10.1 innings. Jackson's ERA is 3.09 in his two starts. JuCo transfer Shane O'Malley has slotted in as the third starter and has a 4.50 ERA in 10 innings.

The first 500 fans in attendance for Friday's game will receive a schedule magnet. After this weekend's series, Nevada will stay at Peccole Park to host Cal Baptist for a four-game set starting next Thursday.

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