Fresno State Takes Series With 10-4 Victory Over Nevada

Reno, Nev. The University of Nevada(20-17, 4-5 WAC) baseball team led Fresno State(20-18, 6-3 WAC) 4-2 after six innings but the Bulldogs scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning on the way to the 10-4 victory at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. Saturday afternoon.  With the victory FS won the Western Athletic Conference series 2-1 and remained tied atop the conference standings with Louisiana Tech with a 6-3 record.  The Bulldogs are now 20-18 on the season while the Pack fell to 4-5 in WAC play and 20-17 overall.


Both teams scored a run in the first inning.  FS scored on center fielder Brian Lapin’s ground out that plated second baseman Erik Wetzel who reached on a fielders choice.  Pack center fielder Jason Sadoian walked to start the bottom of the inning and later scored on designated hitter Baker Krukow’s RBI single. 


In the bottom of the fourth inning Nevada scored a pair of runs on three hits.  Consecutive singles by third baseman Jason Rodriguez, first baseman Shaun Kort, and left fielder Terry Walsh scored the first run of the inning.  A sacrifice bunt by Krukow moved both runners into scoring position for right fielder Matt Suleski.  Suleski’s sacrifice fly plated Kort with the second run and Nevada led 3-1.


Bulldog shortstop Todd Sandell hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning to make it a one run game at 3-2.  The Pack got the run back in the bottom of the sixth inning when shortstop Chris Siewert walked and eventually scored on Rodriguez’ ground out to short to give Nevada a two-run cushion at 4-2.


In the top of the seventh inning FS took control of the game sending 12 men to the plate and six scored to go in front 8-4.  Lapin and Sandell each drove in two in the big inning.  Three doubles in the top of the eighth inning led to two more Bulldog runs crossing the plate to make the final score 10-4.


Pack starter Kyle Howe pitched six solid innings allowing three runs on seven hits but received a no decision despite leaving with the Pack on top 4-3.  Reliever Kody Keroher(3-3) was tagged with the loss allowing three runs on two hits in the game. 


FS reliever Brandon Miller(1-2) won for the first time this season retiring the only two hitters he faced in the sixth inning.  Holden Sprague(1) earned his first save of the season pitching three shutout innings.


Walsh(2-for-3,RBI) and Krukow(2-for-4,RBI) each had two hits and drove a run to lead the Pack offensively.


For FS Wetzel(3-for-5,2R) and Sandell(3-for-5,2R,3RBI) tied for game-high honors with three hits while Lapin(2-for-5) drove in a game-high four.


Nevada returns to action on Tuesday hosting Stanford at 2:00 p.m. in a nonconference game at Peccole Park.



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