Fresno State gutted out a 6-4 victory over Air Force to improve to 17-4 in elimination games since 2008.
Fresno State hit two home runs and the pitching stepped up to help propel the Bulldogs to a win over the UNLV Rebels.
Jordan Luplow, who had missed five weeks due to a shoulder injury, returned to the Bulldogs' lineup as the designated hitter, but Fresno State drops series opener to UNLV.
Fresno State looks to even its season series with Pacific on Tuesday night at Beiden Field.
Fresno State sophomore right-hander Derick Velazquez pitched 7.1 scoreless innings to help the Bulldogs even their series with Nevada and set up a rubber game on Saturday.
Last Updated: August 19, 2013
2013 (FRESHMAN): Made 56 appearances, earning 55 starts ... finished the season with a .251 batting average with 49 hits ... had 12 doubles, three triples and four home runs ... scored 23 runs and finished with 23 RBIs ... had five stolen bases ... had a career-high three doubles in an 8-6 win over Hawaii on May 7.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner in both football and baseball at Esperanza High School in Anaheim ... led EHS to back-to-back league baseball championships as a team captain ... named to North-South and league all-star baseball games ... earned gold glove award in 2012 and rookie of the year honors in 2010 ... in football, named offensive player of the year and special teams player of the year.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 1, 1993 in Whittier, Calif. ... hometown is Yorba Linda, Calif. ... parents are Dave and Julie Viers ... has one brother, Cody ... enjoys going to the beach, body boarding, watching movies, listening to the music and hanging out with friends ... named Esperanza High School's homecoming prince ... favorite athlete is Andre Ethier because of his swing ... biggest athletic thrill was playing at Dodger Stadium as a junior in high school ... most admires his parents because they are the ones that inspire him ... chose to attend Fresno State because of the atmosphere and team ... also recruited by Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and UC Irvine ... major is undeclared.