Feb. 21, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - Behind Jordan Brink's arm the Fresno State baseball team defeated Nevada 4-1 in its Mountain West Conference opener Friday night at Beiden Field. The junior right-handed pitcher owns a 0.78 ERA after two Friday night starts.
Brink worked 8.1 innings in his first start in front of the Red Wave. He allowed one run on four hits, with four strikeouts against two walks.
"If you play defense behind a guy who's pumping 91 down in the zone with two secondary pitches that are down in the zone, that's tough to deal with," said head coach Mike Batesole about his Friday night starter. "Unless the defense breaks down or you walk guy, its tough to score against that. That's quality Friday night pitching."
Brink allowed his first run of the season after 14 2/3 innings pitched in two starts in the bottom of the ninth. He returned for the final frame in an attempt to record his second career complete game, but after a leadoff walk, a line out and then a single to put a second runner on aboard, coach Batesole called it a day for Brink.
"We tried to let him finish it," Batesole said. "But you have to do the smart thing and take care of his arm, we have a long season ahead of us."
Jake Shull entered the game with two on board for his second save opportunity. Nevada threatened the best they could all night during the bottom of ninth. Shull retired his first at bat, but walked the next to load the bases. Trenton Brooks singled to score the first run for the Wolf Pack and the run was charged to Brink, marking the first run earned against Brink on the year. Shull struck Kyle Hunt out on the next at bat to register his second save of the season and the 'Dogs fourth win.
The Bulldogs got on the board early, scoring one run in the bottom of the first. Kevin Viers knocked home RBI No. 4 of the season with a fielder choice with loaded bases and plated Taylor Tempel. The junior left fielder, Temple, registered the games first hit with a single to center field and advanced around the bags after Jordan Luplow recorded a single and Trent Woodward walked. The Bulldogs had one run on two hits and a walk in the first inning.
Fresno State tagged on two more in the sixth and one more in the eighth to open up the game for the 4-0 lead heading into the ninth.
The 'Dogs take on Nevada for game two of the series Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and the finale is slated for 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
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