Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(19-16, 3-4 WAC) scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but fell a run short falling 7-6 to Fresno State(19-17, 5-2 WAC) in the first-game of a three-game series at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. Thursday night. The loss snapped the Wolf Pack’s 11-game home win streak as they fell to 19-16 overall and 3-4 in conference play. The Bulldogs improved their league leading mark to 5-2 and are now 19-17 on the season.
Trailing 7-3 Pack center fielder Jason Sadoian was hit by pitch to start the bottom of the ninth inning and with one down first baseman Shaun Kort singled. With two out left fielder Terry Walsh hit a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall to make it a one run game. Right fielder Matt Suleski kept the rally alive with as single to left field but Tyson Jaquez was called out on strikes to end the game as FS held on for the one run victory.
FS got a solo home run from Tommy Mendonca in the top of the second inning to take the early 1-0 lead. In the top of the third inning the Bulldogs scored five runs on three hits with the aid of a pair of hits. Center fielder Brian Lapin drove in the first run and left fielder Steve Susdorf plated two with his triple. Susdorf scored on right fielder Ozzie Lewis’ ground out and Mendonca hit his second home run of the game to score the fifth run of the big inning to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 advantage
The Pack got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring a single run on two hits. Catcher Konrad Schmidt doubled and later scored on third baseman Jason Rodriguez’ sacrifice fly. In the seventh the Pack scored two runs on three hits. Sadoian doubled and moved to third on Rodriguez’ single. Both runners scored on first baseman Shaun Kort’s two RBI double to make the score 7-3 where it remained until the bottom of the ninth inning.
Pack starter Ryan Rodriguez(4-5) allowed six runs on five hits but did strike out nine. Rodriguez equaled his season-high with four walks after walking none in his last start pitching eight shutout innings at New Mexico State last weekend. Clayton Allison(6-2) got the win giving up just one unearned run on seven hits in 6.1 innings on the mound. Brandon Burke(2) earned the save pitching the final 2.2 innings of the game but did allow three runs on four hits.
Nevada totaled 15 hits compared to six for FS but hit into three costly double plays that kept them from scoring more runs. Kort(4-for-5,R,2RBI) had a game-high four hits and drove in two with his double. Designated hitter Baker Krukow(3-for-3) had three hits on the night. Walsh(1-for-2,R,3RBI) drove in a team-high three with his third home run of the season.
Mendonca(3-for-4,2R,3RBI,2HR) was the hitting star for the Bulldogs with three hits, three RBI, and his two home runs. Susdorf(1-for-3,2R,2RBI) scored two runs and drove in two.
Game two the series is slated for Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.