Karnos throws 5 scoreless innings, lowers ERA to 1.91

April 19, 2015

Max Karnos BaseballA new wrinkle got Western Nevada College pitcher Max Karnos of Anchorage back in the win column.

Used as a reliever for the first time this season, the right-hander pitched five scoreless innings to earn his first winning decision in almost a month as the Wildcats beat Colorado Northwestern 6-1.

“Max did a nice job and was designated to come in in the third inning,” WNC coach D.J. Whittemore told the school’s website. “I was going to let him finish a game and not overuse him. He had his sinker going today and threw some groundballs.”

Karnos improved to 4-4 and lowered his ERA to 1.91 in 12 games. He had pitched well enough to win over the last four weeks but fell victim of poor run support.

Not today, though. He entered a 1-1 game and almost immediately his team responded with a crooked number, scoring four runs in the fourth to take control.

Karnos, of South High fame, has been lights out all year.

He has allowed only 15 earned runs and 51 hits in 70.2 innings while sporting a 3-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.