Behind sophomore Joshua Zamora’s three hits, Nevada (10-8, 3-3 MW) picked up a 6-4 victory and Mountain West series win over New Mexico (11-7, 3-3 MW) on Sunday. With the win today, Nevada is now 11-4 in its last 15 regular-season games against New Mexico and has won all five series during that span.
Zamora finished his weekend going six-for-nine with a home run, two RBI and ten total bases. Freshman pitcher Tyler Smith (1-1) earned his first-career victory after pitching 2.2 perfect innings in relief.
The Wolf Pack got on the board early, thanks to senior Keaton Smith’s first triple of the season that drove in freshman Nick Seamons in the second inning. Junior Marco Valenzuela smacked an RBI-single to bring Smith home and give Nevada a 2-0 lead after two innings.
A big third inning gave Nevada the lead that it would never relinquish, tallying three more runs that began with a Zamora solo shot over the left field wall. A balk scored freshman Julian Boyd from third and senior Weston Hatten scored on a Matt Clayton groundout to give the Pack a 5-0 lead after three innings of play.
The Lobos roared back in the fourth and fifth innings, plating two runs in each including a two-run bomb by Jared Mang to cut Nevada’s lead to one. Smith then came on to pitch with one out in the fifth, and didn’t allow another hit while on the bump with a 5-4 lead.
Nevada responded in the bottom of the fifth as Hatten scored on a throwing error after stealing third to give the Pack a 6-4 lead.
Junior Grant Ford came in and pitched the final two innings, including delivering a perfect six-pitch eighth inning. The San Jose, Calif. native was perfect in his outing, and along with Smith, helped the Pack not allow a base in the final 4.2 innings of the game. Ford earned his second save of the season with his performance.
Nevada will be back at Don Weir Field at Peccole Park on Tuesday at 2 p.m. against Saint Mary’s, with tickets available online or by calling (775) 348-PACK. John Ramey will have the call for the Pack on 94.1 FM/1450 AM, with a live stream available on the Mountain West Network.