Nevada's Four-Run Eighth Inning Ends Baseball's Four-Game Win Streak
May 16, 2001
RENO, Nev. -- University of Nevada-Reno center fielder Chris Dickerson drilled a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap a four-run inning, giving the Wolf Pack a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over the No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devils in their last game of the year on a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Peccole Park.
Throwing everything they had at the nationally ranked Devils, Nevada used a combined pitching effort from their No. 1 and No. 2 starters (Darrell Rasner and Mateo Miramontes) who have 18 wins between them and their best relief pitcher (Jason Mackintosh), the Wolf Pack improved to 30-26 on the year, securing a 30-win season for the eighth straight year. The Sun Devils had their four-game winning streak snapped with an outing that saw four relief pitchers take the mound, but have still won 12 of their last 16 games. The Wolf Pack, who were an NCAA team a year ago, finished 2001 with a 5-2 record against Pac-10 teams.
Left fielder Bo Bryant led off the decisive eighth inning with a solo home run, his 13th of the year, deep over the left field fence off ASU reliever Andy Torres. A walk and a single set the table for Dickerson, who tabbed the game-winning hit despite going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first four at-bats. First baseman JaRell McIntyre greeted reliever Aaron Klusman with a single to score Nevada's sixth and final run of the game.
Miramontes, Nevada's normal Saturday starter, picked up the win to improve to 10-3 on the season. Miramontes allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out two in four innings. Rasner, a preseason All-American and 2000 freshman All-America selection, scattered three hits and one run in four innings. Torres was saddled with the loss, falling to 12-4 on the year by allowing five hits and four runs in three and two-thirds innings.
The Sun Devils jumped out to the lead by manufacturing a run in the top of the third. Sophomore shortstop Dennis Wyrick led off the inning with a bunt single and after a walk to freshman right fielder Ryan McKenna, leadoff hitter Nick Walsh sacrificed Wyrick to third base. Junior center fielder Chris Duffy staked ASU to the early lead with a run-scoring groundout to score Wyrick.
The Wolf Pack pulled ahead in the bottom of the fourth with two, two-out runs. Freshman right fielder Michael Hass struck first with a single to center field to score left fielder Bo Bryant from second base and shortstop Matt Maguire followed with another single up the middle off reliever Franco Pezely.
Arizona State retook the lead with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. After Walsh led off the inning with a walk and Duffy reached on a throwing error by Maguire, a double steal and a throwing error by catcher Christian Popoff scored the tying run. Freshman left fielder Rod Allen plated the go-ahead run with a single through the left side of the infield to score Duffy. Senior third baseman Mike Lopez cushioned ASU's lead with a single to center field to score Allen from second.
The Devils had any comeback attempt shut down in the ninth when Mackintosh got ASU catcher Casey Myers to fly out at the base of the right field wall with the tying run on first base. The Wolf Pack out-hit ASU 12-6 and won despite leaving 12 men on base. Nevada pitchers combined for seven walks, but got clutch efforts of the offense who tallied nine of their 12 hits with two strikes.
Allen was the only Sun Devil to tally more than one hit, going 2-for-3 with a run and RBI in the losing effort. The freshman left fielder is now hitting .387 on the year with 18 multi-hit games.
The Sun Devils will close out the regular portion of their 2001 schedule this weekend with a three-game series against UCLA at Packard Stadium. The Devils will host the Bruins Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.), before waiting for the NCAA Tournament selection show Monday on ESPN to see if their season will continue in the postseason.
Nevada 6, Arizona State 4 (May 16, 2001 at Reno, Nev.)----------------------------------------------------------------------Arizona State....... 001 030 000 - 4 6 1 (34-17-1)Nevada.............. 000 200 04X - 6 12 4 (30-26)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Arizona State - Kartler, Pezely(4), Torres(5), Klusman(8).Nevada - Rasner, Miramontes(5), Mackintosh(9).Win-Miramontes(10-3) Save-Mackintosh(4) Loss-Torres(12-4) T-3:05 A-1257HR NEVADA - Bryant (13).
Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations
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