Travis Sutton Pitches Complete Game As Nevada Downs Fresno State 8-2
April 24, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - The University of Nevada (20-17, 9-6 WAC) got an outstanding pitching performance from Travis Sutton and hit the long ball to avoid the series sweep to down Fresno State (21-23, 7-8 WAC) 8-2 Sunday afternoon at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno. With the win the Wolf Pack improved to 9-6 in WAC play and kept them one half game back of conference leading Rice (11-7) while FS dropped to 7-8 in conference play. Overall Nevada is now 20-17 and while the Bulldogs fell to 21-23 overall. The loss also snapped the Pack's season high four-game hit streak.
FS got a two-run homer from third baseman Beau Mills in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 advantage after one inning of play. It was Mills third home run of the series after belting two in Friday's 3-1 Bulldog victory.
In the top of the second inning Pack right fielder Shawn Scobee hit his 10th home run of the season. The two-run shot tied the game and scored designated hitter Baker Krukow who singled with one down.
Nevada broke the 2-2 tie with a single unearned run in the top of the fifth inning. Two Bulldogs errors aided the Pack as a ground ball off the bat of center fielder Jacob Butler scored left fielder Matt Bowman from third base with the go ahead run.
In the top of the sixth inning the Pack got back to back doubles with two out from second baseman Carlos Madrid and shortstop Robert Marcial to score a run. Left fielder Matt Bowman followed with a single to give Nevada a three-run lead at 5-2.
Bowman hit a two-run homer and Butler a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning to give Nevada a six run advantage at 8-2.
Travis Sutton (2-3) faced just the minimum after allowing the two-run homer in the first inning to get his second win of the season and tossed his first complete game of the year. FS starter Doug Fister(5-4) suffered the loss allowing three runs, two earned in his five innings on the mound.
Bowman (3-for-5,2R,3RBI) led the team with three hits and drove in three runs with two coming on his fourth home run of the season. Butler (2-for-5,R,2RBI), Madrid(2-for-5,R), and Marcial (2-for-4,2R,RBI) added two hits apiece.
The Pack travel to Honolulu, Hawaii next weekend to play the University of Hawai`i in a three-game WAC series. The series with UH begins on Thursday evening at 9:35 p.m. Pacific time.