RENO, Nevada – Sacramento State (18-10, 4-2 WAC) traveled to Reno Wednesday morning to take on the Nevada Wolf Pack (15-13, 5-7 MWC) in an afternoon midweek matchup. Despite scoring the game's first run, the Hornets fell to the Wolf Pack, 6-2.
The loss drops Sacramento State to 18-10 overall while they remain 4-2 in WAC play. For Nevada, they improve to 15-13 overall. The Wolf Pack remain 5-7 in the Mountain West Conference.
The Hornets scored the game's first run, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After Dylan McPhillips doubled to right, Matt Smith hit a high hopping ground ball that skipped by the shortstop and into shallow center field. McPhillips scored on the play to put the Hornets ahead.
For the season, Sacramento State came into Wednesday's game with a 12-3 record when scoring first, including a 4-1 record when scoring in the first inning. Wednesday turned out to be the exception to the rule, unfortunately, as the Hornets were unable to hold on to their lead.
Nevada tied things up with a run in the second before taking a 2-1 lead on a solo home run in the third.
The Wolf Pack added two more in the fourth to make it a three-run game.
Nevada scored again in the home half of the fifth and added their sixth and final run in the seventh.
Sacramento State used six different pitchers Wednesday afternoon, starting with right-hander Travis Adams (1-1, 2.70). Adams, the team's normal Saturday starter, threw 68 pitches (40 strikes) over 3.2 innings of work.
Adams, who came into Wednesday's game with the WAC's second best ERA at 1.82, was responsible for four of Nevada's six runs, despite allowing just three hits and one walk. He also struck out four. The freshman starter was charged with his first loss of the season.
The Wolf Pack's Shane Gustafson (1-0, 2.16) picked up his first win of the year for Nevada.
Sacramento State returns to John Smith Field for a weekend series against WAC opponent CSU Bakersfield. The Hornets and Roadrunners will play three games beginning Friday night at 7 pm at the John. The game will stream live online.
For more details on this weekend's games and all upcoming games, be sure to visit the 2019 Hornet Baseball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.