The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team had a weekend it would like to forget.
The Wolf Pack lost to the Fresno State Bulldogs 11-9 at Beiden Field on Sunday and has now lost five consecutive games. Fresno State swept the Mountain West-opening series, outscoring the Pack 20-10 in the three games.
The nine Pack runs on Sunday are a season high as are the 11 runs the Pack allowed.
The Bulldogs used a seven-run sixth inning to take control and wipe out a 5-2 Wolf Pack lead. The Bulldogs got five hits in the inning and the Pack committed two errors. Fresno's Joe Prior singled with the bases loaded to start the scoring in the sixth. Wolf Pack shortstop Kyle Hunt made a throwing error on the play, clearing the bases as the Bulldogs tied the game at 5-5.
Chris Mariscal and Trent Woodward also doubled home runs later in the inning and Jordan Luplow brought home two more on a single as Fresno State took a 9-5 lead heading into the seventh inning.
Wolf Pack freshman starter Trenton Brooks lasted just two-thirds of an inning. Brooks, who was given a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, allowed three hits and a walk and two runs. Adam Whitt relieved Brooks and lasted 4.1 innings, allowing two hits, a walk and three runs (two earned). Whitt pitched well, striking out five.
The Wolf Pack took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
Brad Gerig singled in a run and Scott Kaplan had a sacrifice fly as the Pack took a 2-0 lead in the first. Hunt scored in the second inning on a double play ground out by Justin Bridgman as the Pack took a 3-2 lead. Austin Byler's sacrifice fly gave the Pack a 4-2 lead in the fifth and Jay Anderson's sacrifice fly made it 5-2 in the sixth.
The Wolf Pack, which has committed 16 errors in its first seven games this year, committed two errors in the Fresno State sixth. Kewby Meyer made an error in left field and Whitt hit a batter as the Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. Tyler Wells then relieved Whitt and promptly allowed the single to Prior, as well as Mariscal's run-scoring double and Luplow's run-scoring single.
Wells was making his first relief appearance since May 25, 2012. The junior left-hander had made 16 consecutive starts (15 in 2013 and one this year) before being summoned from the bullpen on Sunday. Wells allowed three hits, a walk and four runs in one-third of an inning on Sunday. He also struggled in his last relief appearance at the end of the 2012 season, allowing three hits and three runs (two earned) without getting an out against Louisiana Tech.
The Wolf Pack cut Fresno's lead to 9-7 with a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Meyer drove in a run with a single and Jordan Devencenzi brought home the Pack's seventh run with a ground out.
Devencenzi, who played at Delta College last year, had two hits and is now the Pack's leading hitter this season at .346 (9-for-26). The Wolf Pack, which had 12 hits on Sunday, is hitting .237 as a team.
Fresno State went ahead 11-7 with two runs in the eighth off Pack reliever Evan McMahan. Taylor Ward had a RBI double in the inning and Brody Russell drove in a run with a single.
The Pack made things interesting in the ninth with two runs. Both runs scored as Jay Anderson reached on an error.
Both teams used six pitchers. Garrett Mundell (1-0) earned the victory by pitching one-third of an inning. Wells (0-2) was tagged with the loss.
The Wolf Pack, which will play Sacramento State on Tuesday at Raley Feld in Sacramento, is now 2-5 this season overall and 0-3 in the Mountain West. Fresno State improved to 6-2, 3-0.