Long Ball, Arms Lift Bulldogs to 5-3 Win over UNLV
    Reliever Tim Borst earned his first save of the year with three quality innings out of the bullpen.
    Reliever Tim Borst earned his first save of the year with three quality innings out of the bullpen.

    April 7, 2013

    Box Score

    By Andrew Rich & @StephenTrembley
    strembley@csufresno.edu
    GoBulldogs.com

    FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State baseball team used the long ball and solid pitching to grab a 5-3 win over UNLV in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Beiden Field.

    "One thing we are learning as a team is you've got to play every pitch and every out and we've certainly been battle tested," Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said. "Our skin is certainly a lot thicker now than it was a month ago. These kids played their hearts out for 27 innings and if they continue to do that, you watch, it will turn."

    Austin Wynns and Kevin Viers each hit two-run home runs and right-hander Jordan Brink went a solid six innings, allowing no earned runs, in his first Mountain West start. Bulldogs' freshman Tim Borst threw three innings for his first save of the year.

    Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Trent Garrison reached on an infield single and then Wynns launched his second home run of the season to left field to put the 'Dogs ahead 2-1.

    After allowing a second unearned run to let the Rebels tie the game at two, Fresno State (8-20, 3-7 Mountain West) regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Jordan Luplow hit a hard groundball to third and it was misplayed by UNLV (22-9, 7-5) third baseman Joey Armstrong and allowed Taylor Ward to score.

     

     

    Brink found himself in trouble in the top of the sixth while nursing the 3-2 lead. The Rebels loaded the bases with no outs and that was when the sophomore right-hander went to work.

    Brink got Justin Jones to foul out to Viers, then struck out Erik VanMeetren and got Matt McCallister to line out to Viers to keep UNLV off the board and hold on to the one-run advantage.

    Viers, whose defense played a key role in ending the bases loaded jam the half-inning before, used his bat to make a difference in the game. The freshman launched a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence for his second home run to extend the `Dogs lead to 5-2.

    Brink (2-1) struck out seven in his six innings of work to earn his first conference victory.

    "The main thing was just to make quality pitches," Brink said. "Our defense was really good the whole weekend, and we were hitting the ball well, so we were all confident to come out here and try and get a win in the series. The third times a charm, so we are feeling good about that."

    The `Dogs are back in action next weekend when they take on MW-leader New Mexico in Albuquerque. The series starts on Friday at 2 p.m. PT at Lobo Field.

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    Megan Ferreira also contributed to this report.

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