State Defeats Nevada 19-3
May 6, 2006
Fresno, Calif. - For the second night in a row Fresno State(32-16, 11-6 WAC) dominated Nevada(17-25, 5-11) at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif. defeating the Wolf Pack 19-3 in the second-game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series. The Bulldogs won 15-3 on Friday evening. The loss was the fifth in a row for the Pack equaling their season high losing skid.
The Pack are now 17-25 on the season and 5-11 in WAC play while the Bulldogs are 32-16 and remain tied for second place in the conference standings with a 11-6 mark. Hawai`i(14-6) tops the league while FS and SJSU are both 11-6. Nevada remains in sixth place, one half game in front of New Mexico State(5-12). The top six teams qualify for the season ending tournament.
In the bottom of the first inning FS sent eight batters to the plate and four scored to take the early 4-0 lead. Three different Bulldog hitters drove in runs in the inning and the fourth scored on a double steal by center fielder Nick Moresi and right fielder Brian Lapin.
The Pack got a two-out, two-run homer from center fielder Durell Williams in the top of the second inning to cut the Bulldogs lead in half at 4-2. Catcher Jordan Opdyke started the inning with a single but the next two Nevada hitters were retired before Williams blasted the first home run of his Nevada career over the left field fence.
In the bottom of the second inning FS scored a school record 13 runs in an inning to take a commanding 17-2 lead. In total 17 Bulldog hitters came to the plate in the big inning. Third baseman Beau Mills drove in six runs in the inning with the last four coming on a grand slam over the right center field fence. Three Pack pitchers took to the mound in the inning. The Bulldogs added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to go on top 19-2.
Pack right fielder Shawn Scobee hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to score Nevada's third run of the game. It was Scobee's 15th home run of the season and 33rd of his career. The 33 career home runs ties him for sixth all-time at Nevada with Matt Ortiz(1998-00). The 15 in a season is also tied for the ninth best single season in school history.
Starter Travis Sutton(4-3) lasted just 1.1 innings and was tagged with the loss. Wesley Dorsett came out of the bullpen and struck out nine in four innings of relief and even got an at bat in the game.
Eddie Romero(10-2) struck out 10 in seven innings and won for the 10th time for the Bulldogs.
Scobee(2-for-3,R,RBI) had two hits to lead Nevada and along with Williams homered in the game.
Six different FS batters collected two hits in the game. Mills(2-for-3,2R,7RBI) drove in a game-high seven on the night.
Game three is slated for Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. in Fresno.