RENO, Nev. (Nevada Athletics) — Nevada nearly completed one of the biggest comebacks in program history on Tuesday night at Greater Nevada Field, coming all the way back to take a one-point lead after trailing the No. 2 Oregon State, 11-0, but ultimately down, 14-13, in 11 innings.
Incredibly, this marked the fifth straight meeting between the Wolf Pack and the Beavers that went to extra innings and was decided by a single run. Oregon State has now won three of those five meetings.
The teams will wrap up both games midweek Wednesday at 12 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field.
Tanner Smith’s solo home run in the top of the 11th was the difference, lifting Oregon State (18-5) to victory. Smith’s home run spoiled a solid relief outing from Kade Morris, who fell to 2-3 with the loss despite six strikeouts and allowed just three hits in three innings of work.
The Beavers beat the Pack by 11 runs in the third and fourth innings, taking an 11-0 lead as Nevada only had one hit, a Landon Wallace brace, in the first four. sleeves.
But Nevada (11-11) showed signs of life in the fifth, earning a pair of runs as Dario Gomez scored on a wild pitch and Jaxon Woodhouse entered on a Tyler Bosetti single.
Round six was where the field turned the tide, despite the Beavers adding a run to move up 12-2. Nevada started its nine-point streak by loading on singles from Pat Caulfield and Joshua Zamora, and a walk from Gomez off Beaver reliever David Grewe. Matt Clayton’s sacrificial fly brought Caulfield early in the scoring, with Woodhouse and Wallace adding RBI singles.
Jayson Hibbard came on for Oregon State and quickly loaded the bases again by diving Ryan Jackson. Hibbard’s savagery continued, as he hit Bosetti to force Woodhouse, then launched a goal-laden walk at Jacob Stinson to make it 12-7.
A sacrifice fly from Caulfield tackled Jackson to make it 12-8, and, after opening with a ball to Zamora, Hibbard was up for Ian Lawson. Zamora then powered Lawson’s first offering deep and left-center for his ninth homer of the season, bringing the Pack within a run at 12-11.
Nevada took the lead in the seventh unexpectedly. With runners at second and third and one out, Lawson dropped the ball while in a stopped position, the denial allowing Cameron Jowaiszas to score the tying run. The Pack then took a 13-12 lead on Bosetti’s single down the middle through a drawn infield, scoring Wallace.
Oregon State responded with an RBI single to a Justin Boyd out to tie it at 13-13 in the top of the eighth.
This would seal the score for nearly three innings, with each reliever taking control. Oregon State’s Reid Sebby threw scoreless frames in the ninth and 10th for his first win of the season, with Ryan Brown throwing a 1-2-3 11th for his first save.
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