The Nevada Wolf Pack played a wild, strange, improbable baseball game Tuesday night at Peccole Park.
In a game that took nearly four hours (3:53) to complete, the Wolf Pack scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning thanks to an error and a wild pitch to stun the UC Davis Aggies, 6-5, in front of 105 chilly fans.
The Wolf Pack, now 25-20, fell behind three times in the non-conference game. Davis took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and went up 4-3 in the eighth and 5-4 in the 10th.
The Pack's 10th-inning comeback began with a double off the bat of freshman T.J. Freidl. The double is the first of Freidl's career. Kewby Meyer then singled for his fifth hit of the game and Austin Byler tied the game with a sacrifice fly for his fourth RBI of the night.
Kyle Hunt then reached base on an error by Davis second baseman Evan Heptig and Trenton Brooks followed with an infield single, loading the bases. Meyer then scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch by Davis reliever Zach Stone.
Meyer is the first Pack leadoff hitter to collect five hits in a game since he did it himself May 17 of last year at Fresno State. The only other time a Pack leadoff hitter has had five hits in a game since 2000 was Kevin Rodland on May 2, 2010 at Hawaii. Meyer's five hits are also a season-high for the Pack this year.
Meyer and Austin Byler, the second hitter in the Pack lineup, combined for nine hits. It is the first time the Pack's top two hitters in the order combined for nine hits since at least the 2000 season.
Stone, who tossed just eight of his 17 pitches for strikes, took the loss to fall to 3-4 on the year.
Brooks earned the win to improve to 1-1. The freshman entered the game in the top of the 10th inning and got Davis' Austin March to ground out to second for the second out of the inning. March's groundout, though, allowed Adam Young to score the go-ahead run, giving Davis a 5-4 lead.
Brooks then went out to right field as Jordan Dunatov came in to pitch to Izaak Silva. Dunatov, though, walked Silva to load the bases. Brooks then came back to the mound and got John Williams to bounce out to third to end the inning.
Wolf Pack reliever Adam Whitt struggled in his two innings of work. The junior, who allowed Davis' 10th-inning run, allowed three hits and two runs (one earned) and also walked two. Whitt also hit a batter and tossed a wild pitch.
Tyler Wells started and went five innings, allowing seven hits and two runs. Colby Blueberg pitched the sixth and seventh innings and didn't allow a run on a hit and a walk. The appearance was Blueberg's 29th of the year, setting a Wolf Pack school record. Whitt has made 25 appearances this year.
The Wolf Pack cut Davis' lead to 2-1 in the third as Meyer doubled and Byler singled. Byler was 4-for-5 and drove in four runs. The first baseman, who has had three four-hit games in his last nine games, is now hitting .500 (21-for-42) over his last nine games (.347 for the year) with 13 RBI and 11 runs scored.
The Pack took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the fifth inning. The runs came on home runs by Byler, his 11th, and Jordan Devencenzi, his first.
The Wolf Pack tied the game at 4-4 with a run in the eighth. Devencenzi reached base with two outs on an error by Davis' Nick Lynch to start the comeback. Meyer then singled and Byler brought home Freidl, who was pinch-running for Devencenzi, with another single.
Davis beat the Wolf Pack 4-3 in 10 innings in Davis, Calif., on March 25.