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It doesn't pay to leave a Nevada Wolf Pack baseball game early.

The Wolf Pack erupted in the late innings for the third consecutive game, scoring eight runs in the top of the ninth inning Saturday night to beat Hawaii 10-8 in front of a stunned crowd of 3,434 at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu.

The 10 runs are the most the Pack has scored in a game this season and are the most the Wolf Pack has ever scored at Hawaii.

Kewby Meyer, who played baseball at the Kamahameha Schools in Honolulu, slammed a three-run homer to tie the game at 6-6 in the ninth. Scott Kaplan later walked with the bases loaded to give the Pack the lead, 7-6, and Justin Bridgman drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for an 8-6 lead. Kyle Hunt drilled a two-run double for a pair of insurance runs.

Hunt had two hits and Austin Byler walked twice in the ninth. Byler also drilled a home run in the first inning for a 1-0 Pack lead. This was just the second game this season (the other was March 8 at San Diego State) that featured two Pack home runs.

Hawaii pitchers walked five Pack hitters in the ninth and threw two wild pitches. There was also a passed ball in the inning.

The eight runs in the ninth are the most runs the Pack has scored in one inning since an 11-run outburst in the sixth inning of a 12-2 win over Santa Barbara on March 9, 2012 at Peccole Park.

Barry Timko started and went 7.1 innings for the Pack. Timko allowed five hits and five runs (four earned), striking out six and walking just one. Four Hawaii pitchers combined to walk eight.

Adam Whitt earned the victory to improve to 2-2. Whitt allowed an unearned run in the eighth on two hits as Hawaii scored three runs to take a 6-2 lead. Colby Blueberg pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Pack.

The Wolf Pack had 11 hits, two each by Hunt, Byler and Bryce Greager. Greager singled and scored in the fifth inning as the Pack cut Hawaii's lead to 3-2.

Jordan Devencenzi singled and scored in the ninth. Devencenzi also was hit by a pitch in the fifth with the bases loaded to force in Greager.

Scott Squier went 7.2 innings for Hawaii and allowed six hits and two runs. All of the damage in the ninth came off relievers Eric Gleese, Jordan DePonte and Josh Elms, who combined to allowed five hits, eight runs (all earned) on five walks in the inning.

The Wolf Pack has now won three games in a row to get back to .500 for the first time since they were 2-2. The Pack, which has two games remaining in this series at Hawaii, has also won six of its last eight games.

Hawaii fell to 7-11.

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