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Blueberg, Wolf Pack shut down Pacific

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Colby Blueberg and one big inning were enough for the Nevada Wolf Pack to beat the Pacific Tigers 8-4 on Tuesday in Stockton, Calif.

The Wolf Pack has now won three of its last four games to improve to 5-7. Pacific fell to 7-7.

Blueberg, who earned the win (2-0), pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief as the Pack scored five runs in the seventh inning. Blueberg, a 6-foot right-hander, has been arguably the Wolf Pack's best pitcher this season. The junior allowed just one hit while striking out three in shutting down the Tigers.

Blueberg, who threw 27 of his 37 pitches on Tuesday for strikes, now leads the Wolf Pack with a 0.84 earned run average over eight appearances and 10.2 innings. Opponents are also hitting just .114 against him.

Pacific took a 4-3 lead with three runs in the fifth inning off Pack reliever Evan McMahan. Gio Brusa's two-run double off McMahan keyed the inning for the Tigers.

The Wolf Pack, though, broke the game open in the seventh inning off Pacific reliever Jason Taasaas. Trenton Brooks, a freshman, singled in Jordan Devencenzi as the Pack tied the game at 4-4. Taasaas then walked Scott Kaplan and Jay Anderson to load the bases with two outs. Justin Bridgman, another freshman, then cleared the bases with a double, giving the Pack a 7-4 lead. Kyle Hunt closed out the scoring in the inning with a RBI single.

Hunt was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. The leadoff hitter leads the Wolf Pack in hitting at .343 as well as on base percentage at .442. Meyer had two hits and is second on the team in hitting at .340.

Tyler Wells started for the Pack and allowed one run in two innings while striking out five. Adam Whitt followed Blueberg and pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Taasaas allowed three hits, two walks and five runs in two-thirds of an inning and suffered the loss (0-2).

The Pack took a 1-0 lead in the first as Pacific starter Jordan Gonzalez walked the first three hitters. Hunt walked, stole second and scored on a double play grounder by Devencenzi for the early lead. The Wolf Pack took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the fourth inning as Bridgman and Meyer had RBI singles.

Bridgman and Brooks each had two hits.

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