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Wolf Pack, Wells complete sweep over Air Force

The Nevada Wolf Pack made sure the Air Force Falcons never got off the ground this weekend at Peccole Park.

The Wolf Pack rolled past the Falcons 7-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game Mountain West series sweep. The Wolf Pack held the Falcons to just four runs in the three games.

The Wolf Pack is now 12-11 overall this season and 6-6 in the Mountain West. The Pack is in fifth place in the seven-team Mountain West behind UNLV (9-3), New Mexico (6-3) and San Diego State (5-4) and Fresno State (also 5-4) and ahead of San Jose State (4-8) and Air Force (1-8).

The Falcons, 4-18 overall, lost for the 12th game in a row and for the 15th time in their last 16 games. They have scored just 17 runs over their last 10 games.

Tyler Wells, who lost to Hawaii 1-0 last Monday, earned his first victory of the year on Sunday. The junior lefthander went seven innings and allowed just six hits and a run while fanning four and walking three. Wells threw 61 of his 102 pitches for strikes to improve to 1-3 on the year.

Colby Blueberg pitched a shutout eighth inning for the Pack and didn't allow a baserunner. Blueberg threw just five pitches in the inning. He fanned Noah Pierce on three pitches and got David Thomas on a foul out and Tyler Jones on a ground out on one pitch each.

Blueberg has thrown just 16 pitches over his last four shutout innings without allowing a baserunner. He threw just 11 pitches in blanking the Falcons for three innings on Saturday in the Pack's 5-1 victory.

The Wolf Pack took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Jordan Devencenzi singled and scored on a one-out double by Brad Gerig. The Pack scored four times in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Scott Kaplan doubled home Kewby Meyer, Jay Anderson drove in two runs with a triple and Justin Bridgman brought home Anderson with a bunt single.

Anderson is now hitting .195 this year with eight hits (two triples) in 41 at-bats. A year ago he hit just .103 (6-for-58) in a reserve role after hitting .286 as a freshman (58-for-203) starter.

Meyer had two hits and now leads the Pack with a .330 average. The junior left fielder is becoming one of the top hitters in Wolf Pack history. He has a .317 career average with 146 hits in 461 at-bats.

The final two Pack runs crossed the plate in the eighth on a two-run double by Gerig. Gerig, who had two hits and three RBI, now has four doubles and seven RBI this year and is hitting .191.

The Wolf Pack has won six of its last nine Mountain West games after getting swept in a three-game series at Fresno State to open its conference schedule. The Pack also has won six of its last eight games overall and 10 of its last 15 after starting the season 2-6.

"We're starting to get a formula for winning," Pack coach Jay Anderson said.

The Wolf Pack will play a non-conference game at UC Davis on Tuesday before opening a two-game series at Peccole Park against Grand Canyon on March 31 and April 1. The Pack will actually play two games on April 1. After hosting Grand Canyon at noon they will play the Reno Aces later that same night at 6 p.m. at Aces Ballpark.

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