RENO, Nev. --- The Fresno State baseball team got a strong performance by sophomore right-hander starter Derick Velazquez in shutting out Nevada 4-0 on Friday night at Peccole Park.
"That's exactly what we needed," Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said. "We needed Derick to come out and pound the zone. He had good stuff early. The last couple of innings he was pitching on guts and fumes at that point... He's one of those guys that has a nose for the finish line. He gave us everything he had."
Velazquez (2-2) delivered 7.1 innings of scoreless ball while tossing seven strikeouts and walking just one batter. Jordan Brink closed it out with a clean 1.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Neither team scored until the Bulldogs put across three in the fifth that started when Taylor Ward ripped a one-out double that was followed by an intentional walk to Aaron Judge. Trent Garrison then lined a RBI single to put Fresno State up 1-0. Austin Wynns loadeds the base with a single and Taylor Tempel made Nevada pay with a two-out two-RBI double to extend the lead to 3-0.
"That was a big two-strike at-bat that he fought through," Batesole said of Tempel's fifth-inning double. "He got that hanging breaking ball and ripped the double down the right field line. He and Trent both were big."
The 'Dogs added an unearned run in the eighth on a throwing error by Nevada's Ryan Teel, who threw down to first base trying to retire Tempel after a swinging strike out on a pitch in the dirt. Tempel reached second when Teel's throw sailed into right field and allowed Kevin Viers to come around to score. Viers had led off the frame with a single.
Fresno State (6-17, 2-4 Mountain West) held Nevada (16-11, 4-4 MW) scoreless for the first time this season and handed Nevada southpaw starter Tyler Wells his first loss of the year.
The Bulldogs tallied four doubles in the game - one shy of tying their season-high set back in a 14-3 win over USC on March 3.
The teams will meet for the rubber match of the three-game MW series on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT, which will be broadcast on 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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