State Wins 12-6 On Sunday
May 7, 2006
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State(33-16, 12-6 WAC) defeated Nevada(17-26, 5-12 WAC) 12-6 at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif. in the final-game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series on Sunday afternoon. The Wolf Pack have now lost a season high six in a row. the loss leaves the Pack at 17-26 overall and 5-12 in WAC play while the Bulldogs are 33-16 and 12-6 in league action.
FS and San Jose State are both one game back of league leading Hawai`i(14-6) in the conference standings. Nevada is one half game in front of New Mexcio State(5-13) in sixth place. The top six teams qualify for the season ending tournament in Fresno later this month.
FS scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning to go on top 1-0. Left fielder Loren Storey singled with one-out and proceeded to steal second base. An errant throw by Pack catcher Baker Krukow on the play allowed Storey to advance to third base and on the same play center fielder Durell Williams' throw went into the third base dugout as Storey scored the first run of the game. The Bulldogs got a two-out, two-RBI single from designated hitter Steve Susdorf in the bottom of the second inning to increase their lead to 3-0.
Nevada scored its first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Krukow was hit by pitch and moved to third base when designated hitter Matt Suleski followed with a single down the right field line. Krukow scored after shortstop Ryan Foley singled to right field to make the score 3-1. FS turned a double play to end the inning and keep the Pack from putting any more runs on the score board.
Three FS hits, two being infield hits in the bottom of the fourth inning scored the Bulldogs' fourth run of the game. Storey reached first base on a high hopper to second base that scored the run with the bases loaded. Pack starter Ryan Rodriguez struck out FS first baseman Kent Sakamoto with the bases loaded to keep the score at 4-1.
In the bottom of the fifth inning FS broke open the game scoring six unearned runs as the Pack committed two errors in the inning. Bulldog catcher Frank LoNigro hit a bases clearing double as part of the big inning.
The Pack tallied an unearned run in their half of the sixth inning. First baseman Terry Walsh reached on an error and later scored on Foley's sacrifice fly. Nevada did leave the bases loaded to end the inning. In the top of the seventh the Pack scored a pair of runs on four hits. Second baseman Matt Bowman started the inning with a solo home run to left field. Right fielder Shawn Scobee followed with a double and moved to third base on Krukow's single but he was picked off first base for the second out of the inning. Designated hitter Matt Suleski delivered an RBI double that made the score 10-4. FS got the two runs back in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring a pair of unearned runs as Nevada committed its fifth and sixth errors of the game.
Nevada tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 12-6
Rodriguez(5-7) was tagged with loss allowing eight runs, four earned in 4.1 innings and struck out three. FS starter Andy Underwood(9-3) won for the ninth time this season as he gave up just two runs, one earned on nine hits and also struck out three in six innings on the mound.
Williams(3-for-6) and Krukow(3-for-3) led the Pack with three hits each. Foley(2-for-4,4RBI) drove in a career-high four for the Pack.
Susdorf(3-for-4,2R,4RBI), Storey(3-for-4,R,2RBI), and second baseman Eric Wetzel(3-for-4,3R) had three hits each for FS. Susdorf drove in four for the Bulldogs.
Nevada returns home to begin a four-game homestand to end the home schedule on Tuesday when UC Davis is at Peccole Park for a 5:00 p.m. contest. Over the weekend the Pack host Sacramento State in a three-game WAC series and final home games of the season. Friday and Saturday's games get underway at 6:00 p.m. with Sunday's contest being a 1:00 p.m. first pitch.