Nevada Falls 8-3 To Fresno State
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada (20-14-1, 1-3-1 WAC) baseball team lost the first game of a four-game Western Athletic Conference series 8-3 to Fresno State (23-16, 6-3 WAC) Friday evening at Peccole Park. The loss snapped a four-game win streak by the Wolf Pack as they are now 20-14-1 on the season and 1-3-1 in WAC play. The Bulldogs improved to 23-16 and 6-3 in conference action.
FS scored three times in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Left fielder Dusty Robinson's first home run of the night scored two of the runs.
The Pack got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning when shortstop Kevin Rodland tripled and scored on center fielder Westley Moss' ground out. A two run bottom of the third inning tied the score at 3-3. First baseman Shaun Kort delivered an RBI single and left fielder Nick Melino's ground out scored the tying run.
The Bulldogs took control, scoring three runs in the top of the fourth inning after the first two hitters of the inning had been retired. First baseman Jordan Ribera had a two-RBI single in the inning.
FS got a solo home run from Ribera in the seventh and Robinson's second of the game came in the eighth inning to make the final score 8-3.
Pack lefty Chris Garcia (4-2) lost his second game of the season giving up six runs on eight hits in five innings on the mound. Bulldog starter Josh Poytress (6-3) allowed three runs, two earned in five innings to get the win. Sean Bonesteele (1) earned his first save of the season pitching four innings of no hit shutout baseball.
Kort (3-for-3,R,RBI) led the Pack with three hits while Moss (2-for-5,R) added a pair. Moss, Kort and Melino each drove in a run in the game.
The top five hitters in the FS lineup finished with multiple hits in the game with Ribera (3-for-5,3RBI) and designated hitter Bobby Coyle (3-for-5) topping the Bulldogs with three each. Robinson and Ribera each had three RBI on the night.
The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.