Costly error sinks Aggies in the ninth at Nevada

Freshman Garret Kelly finished 2-for-3 to pace the Aggies' offense on Tuesday night in Reno. (Photo by Mark Honbo/UC Davis Athletics Communications)
April 26, 2016

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RENO, Nev. -- Host Nevada scored the winning run on a one-out throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning, breaking a 4-all tie and lifting the Wolf Pack to a 5-4 victory over UC Davis on Tuesday night at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev.

The loss dropped the Aggies to 9-25 overall on the year after the visitors rallied to take a 4-3 lead thanks to a four-run sixth inning. It was the 13th one-run game this year for UC Davis, which fell to 4-9 in those contests.

Nevada, which swept the season series from the Aggies, improved to 19-20 with the victory, scoring once in the sixth to tie it before pushing across the winning run.

Sophomore Blake Peters (3-5) suffered the loss, entering in relief to start the ninth and getting the first out before back-to-back singles put a pair on. That brought up Trenton Brooks, whose potential double-play ball back to the mound was thrown into centerfield, allowing Kaleb Foster to score from second base to end the game.

The winning rally came after the Aggies had the winning run 90 feet away only to come up empty. Freshman Garret Kelly led-off with a single, was sacrificed to second, and went to third on Tanner Bily's fly ball to right. Evan McMahan (2-1) then came on in relief and shut the door, getting Spencer Henderson to pop-up and end the inning, earning the win after throwing just one pitch.

After spotting Nevada three runs to put themselves in an early hole, the Aggies rallied back with a huge sixth inning to take the lead. Henderson reached on an error to lead-off the frame and UC Davis loaded the bases with one out thanks to back-to-back walks issued to Ignacio Diaz and Ryan Hooper.

That brought up freshman Caleb Van Blake, whose first career hit brought in the Aggies' first run of the contest, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Justin Allen's ground ball then brought home another run, but a throwing error by the third baseman in the play allowed both Hooper and Diaz to come home and tie the game.

Following a walk to Kelly that reloaded the bases, Brad Pluschkell plated the go-ahead run with a single through the left side to make it 4-3 before a double play -- one of four on the night for the Wolf Pack defense -- ended any further threat.

The advantage was short-lived, however, as Cole Krzmarzick led-off the bottom of the frame with his first home run of the year off Chris Brown to tie the game and set the stage for Nevada's winning rally in the ninth.

Kelly led the Aggies with two of the team's eight singles on the night, while three Wolf Pack hitters finished with two hits.

UC Davis returns to the diamond this weekend, opening a three-game series against Pacific on Friday (April 29) at 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.