'Dogs Blanked by UNLV
April 4, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State saw first hand why UNLV is the hottest team in the Mountain West Conference in Friday night's 6-0 loss at Beiden Field.
Rebel's ace Erick Fedde threw seven shutout innings to improve to 6-1 on the season. The Baseball America Preseason Second Team All-American allowed just five hits and lowered his earned run average to a miniscule 1.74 for the year. Fedde struck out 11 Bulldog hitters on the night.
Fresno State (16-14, 6-7 MW) fell behind from the get go. UNLV No. 2 hitter Justin Jones singled and stole second to get into scoring position with one out in the opening frame. After a strikeout, Jones came around to score on a two-out single by Patrick Armstrong.
That came off of Bulldogs ace Jordan Brink. He would settle down to keep the Rebels off the board in innings two through four, but ran into trouble in the fifth. Joey Armstrong homered leading off the fifth to make it 2-0 and then UNLV (21-8, 10-3) loaded the bases with two outs. T.J. White worked a long at-bat into a walk to bring home another run to push the lead to 3-0 and that was more than enough for Fedde.
Brink threw six innings and gave up two earned runs on five hits. He also struck out five.
Six different Bulldogs recorded hits, all singles. Fresno State's best scoring chance came in the fourth Trent Woodward walked and Taylor Ward singled to right to put runners at first and second with two outs with the score just 1-0. But Fedde stopped any potential rally by getting Brody Russell to strike out swinging.
The Bulldogs and Rebels will be right back at Beiden Field on Saturday night for Game 2 of the three game Mountain West series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Tim Borst is scheduled to get the ball for Fresno State against UNLV's John Richy.
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