FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team won its Mountain West opening series over Nevada on Sunday afternoon winning the rubber match 9-5 at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium.
"We took some really great at-bats today scrapping and fighting, and that is what we have to do and we have to grind and fight like that on offense, defense and on the mound. We had a lot of unselfish at-bats and you have to have productive outs if you are going to win," said head coach Mike Batesole.
Fresno State (6-5, 2-1 MW) won its fourth Mountain West home-opening series in five years defeating Nevada (3-8, 1-2 MW) two games to one as the 'Dogs collected 11 hits on Sunday to outhit the Wolf Pack in all three games. Junior first baseman Aaron Arruda tied his career-best with three hits, while freshman Carter Bins had his first multi-hit game as a Bulldog finishing 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs.
The Wolf Pack had nine hits on the afternoon with outfielder Keaton Smith leading the way going 3-for-4 with a single, triple and a two-run home run. Catcher Marco Valenzuela added two hits and an RBI as the Wolf Pack got hits from six different players.
The 'Dogs jumped on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Jake Stone, who saw his 22-game hitting streak come to an end as the 'Dogs cleanup hitter went 0-for-3. Stone did extend his on-base streak to 23 games drawing a sixth-inning walk.
Nevada tied the game at one in the top of the third, but the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame as Bins scored off a double play hit into by Arruda. Nevada tied the game at two apiece in the fourth, but the 'Dogs continued its hot offense pushing across a season-high five runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 7-2 lead.
The 'Dogs got the scoring started on an RBI single up the middle by Scott Silva that drove in Jared Akins. Junior shortstop Korby Batesle reached base safely on a fielder's choice as Jesse Medrano came in to score to make it 4-2 and Bins followed with his first career triple that got over the Wolf Pack center fielder's head driving in Batesole and Silva. The scoring was rounded out by an RBI groundout by Zach Ashford scoring Bins.
The Wolf Pack trimmed the 'Dogs lead to 7-4 in the sixth on Smith's two-run shot to left center off JJ Santa Cruz, but the 'Dogs lefty settled down to retire the next two batters before giving way to Dominic Topoozian. Austin Guibor scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to give the 'Dogs a four-run lead, before the Wolf Pack scored their final run in the seventh off an error by Topoozian.
Continuing to answer any scoring by Nevada, Fresno State scored its final run in the bottom of the seventh taking advantage of a Wolf Pack error as Medrano scored to make it 9-5.
Freshman right-hander Davis Moore made his third start of the season tossed three innings allowing three hits, one run and got two strikeouts before giving way to Santa Cruz. The junior southpaw picked up his first career win tossing 2.2 innings allowing four hits, three runs and struck out two. Sophomore Edgar Gonzalez tossed the final two innings allowing only one hit and struck out a season-high four batters.
The Bulldogs hit the road for the first time on Tuesday traveling to Pepperdine (6-4) for a 2 p.m. contest with the Waves at Eddy D. Field Stadium.