FRESNO, Calif. - The University of Nevada baseball team (20-28, 9-11 WAC) was defeated by the Fresno State Bulldogs (37-11, 17-7 WAC) 7-1 today in its first of five games in four days. The game was originally scheduled for Apr. 19 but was rescheduled following the passing of University of Nevada President Milton Glick.
RHP Troy Marks (2-5, 3.88 ERA) got the start for the Pack and ran into trouble early allowing three runs on two hits and two walks in the first inning. After allowing a leadoff single to start the second, Marks settled in and retired the next nine hitters before allowing a leadoff double to Bulldogs center fielder Brennan Gowens. The next batter, right fielder Dusty Robinson, singled to center to score Gowens and Robinson later scored on a wild pitch by Marks to make it 3-0 Bulldogs.
Marks exited after five innings with a final line of six hits, five runs (two earned), five strikeouts and four walks in a losing effort.
Nevada plated its only run when Nick Melino (1-for-3,2B,R,BB) scored on a sacrifice fly by Joe Kohan (0-for-3,RBI) in the fourth inning. Melino led off the frame with his 16th double of the season and moved over to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Garrett Yrigoyen (0-for-1,2BB,SB).
Bryan Suarez (0-0, 4.63 ERA) pitched well in relief of Marks, holding the Bulldogs to one run on hit in two innings of work in his seventh appearance of the year.
Trailing 6-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Nevada was threatening to score after Braden Shipley (1-for-3) singled to leadoff the inning and Brock Stassi (2-for-4,2B) singled with one down. The Pack couldn't capitalize on the opportunity though as Brian Barnett (1-for-4) struck out swinging and Melino struck out looking for the third out.
Sean Prihar (1-0, 2.13 ERA) pitched the top of the ninth inning allowing one run on two hits in his seventh appearance of 2011.
Nevada begins its final four-game series of 2011 tomorrow night at San Jose State at 6 p.m.