Bulldogs Fall to Pacific, 6-4
April 15, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
Stockton, Calif. - Kevin Viers registered a three-run home run in the first inning to put Fresno State on top early before Pacific battled back with two key multi-run innings to power past the Bulldogs 6-4 Tuesday night at Klein Family Field.
William Munro, the Bulldogs Tuesday night starter, mowed through the Tigers lineup through the first three innings, nine up and nine down. In that span, he struck two out looking, and forced seven others to ground out.
When the Pacific order came back around in the top of the fourth, Munro surrendered three consecutive hits vs. the top of the order - single, single, double. The Tigers first run scored on the double, and then a hit by pitch against the clean-up hitter loaded the bases. The very next pitch following the HBP was wild and advanced each runner a base to result in a run scored. With runners on second and third, they each advanced one more bag on a passed ball, tying the game 3-3.
The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead 4-3 the following frame, as Ryan Dobson took four pitches to lead off the top of the fifth for a base on balls. Guibor laid down a bunt single and Dobson rounded second on a throwing error to reach third. Trent Woodward grounded into an RBI fielder's choice, scoring Dobson while Guibor was out at second on the failed double play.
Déjà vu struck in the fifth as Pacific led off the inning once more with three consecutive hits against Munro. After Louis Mejia and Tyler Sullivan got aboard on a pair of singles, they each advanced a bag on wild pitch before Taylor Murphy hit a two-RBI single to right field. The Tigers grabbed the lead 5-4 after five innings and would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game.
Pacific would tack on an insurance run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly that brought the game to its final score, 6-4.
The Bulldogs scattered four hits on the evening, starting with Viers' second homer of the season. He plated Guibor and Taylor Ward, who both reached on walks. Fresno State would register a single in each the second, third and fifth innings, before being held without a hit through the final four innings.
Fresno State (18-19, 7-11 MW) moves on to Mountain West conference play next, starting Thursday at Nevada to kick off the three-game conference series. First pitches are set for 6 p.m. both Thursday and Friday, while the Saturday finale is at 1 p.m.
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