Bulldogs Down Nevada, 12-8, In Series Finale
April 18, 2004
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(20-18, 6-6 WAC) baseball team had its six game win streak snapped following a 12-8 loss to Fresno State(17-24, 5-7 WAC) in the final game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park in Reno. The loss dropped the Pack to 20-18 on the season and 6-6 in conference play while FS snapped a two game losing skid and improved to 17-24 overall and 5-7 in WAC play. Nevada won the first two games to claim the 2-1 series victory and took over sole possession of third place in the WAC as both squads entered the weekend with identical 4-5 conference records.
FS broke a 4-4 tie by scoring seven unanswered runs in three innings to go in front 11-4. The Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the sixth with the first coming on first baseman Brandon Esparza's first home run of the season. In the the seventh the Pack pitchers could not find the strike zone as five FS hitters drew walks of which three scored. Designated hitter David Gomez drove in two of the runs with a single and pinch hitter Kyle Wilson's RBI single scored another. Two of the runs scored on bases loaded walks as part of the five run seventh inning. The Bulldogs final run of the game came on a bases loaded walk in the top of the eighth inning.
Nevada mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth scoring four runs on four hits. Designated hitter Austin Graham had a two RBI single, while right fielder Jacob Butler and first baseman Ben Mummy delivered RBI singles but it was to late as FS claimed the 12-8 victory to avoid the series sweep as the Wolf Pack won Friday 20-2 and Saturday 10-8.
The Bulldogs scored first in the top of the third inning when center
fielder Richie Robnett singled home second baseman Ryan Haag with the
first run of the game. Robnett extended his hit streak to 15-games with
Back to back home runs by Mummy and left fielder Chris Gimenez in the bottom of the fourth gave the Pack a 2-1 advantage. FS tied the game at 4-4 with three unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning as Nevada committed two fielding errors that extended the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Nevada scored a pair of unearned runs courtesy of a Bulldog throwing error but that would be all the scoring for the Wolf Pack until the ninth inning rally as FS won 12-8. Butler hit a home run in the inning that also extended his hit streak to 15 games which tied Robnett for the longest in the WAC this season.
FS reliever Rudy Quinonez(3-7) did not allow a hit or run in his 3.1 innings of action to earn his third win of the season. Quinonez had been the loser in Saturday's 10-8 Nevada win. Pack starter Ryan Rodriguez(2-5) suffered the loss allowing six runs but just two were earned in 5.2 innings of action.
Nevada hitters Brett Hayes(2-for-4,R,RBI), Butler(2-for-4,2R,2RBI), Mummy(2-for-4,2R,2RBI) and Gimenez(2-for-4,2RBI) finished the game with two hits each and combined to go eight for 16 with six RBI, and six runs scored batting in lineup spots two through five. In addition to Butler extending his hit streak to 15 games, Hayes pushed his streak to 10 games, and Mummy's streak now stands at nine. The trio also hit home runs in the game. Shortstop Robert Marcial had his hit streak end at seven games.
Four FS hitters finished with two hits in game:
Nevada returns to action on Tuesday hosting Sacramento State at 2:00 p.m. at Peccole Park. FS next hosts Hawai`i in a three-game WAC series beginning on Friday at Pete Beiden Field.