April 18, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
Reno, Nev. - Trent Woodward's ninth inning heroics fell short of being cashed in in a hard-fought four hour, 11 minute marathon that ended in the favor of the home team after 12 innings Friday night at Peccole Park. In walk-off fashion, Nevada hit an RBI-single that scored a runner from second in the 12th to defeat Fresno State 9-8 to even the series.
To send the game to extras, Woodward, down to his final strike facing two outs with runners on the corners, smacked a 2-2 offering to the right-center wall for a stand-up double. Manny Argomaniz walked in from third and Austin Guibor rounded the bases to tie the game, 8-8.
Jake Shull, in his longest outing of the season, worked 4.1 innings before surrendering the game-winning RBI hit to Jordan Devencenzi in the 12th. Shull entered to open the eighth and worked three complete innings flawlessly, striking out five of the first 11 batters he faced in that span. Nevada led off the 11th with a single and the 'Dogs worked out of the jam, but after allowing a consecutive lead off hit in the 12th, it was too much to overcome.
It appeared the Bulldogs were picking up where they left off Thursday night after scoring 20 runs to defeat the Wolf Pack the night before. In the first inning, Fresno State scored five runs off of two doubles and a single to open the game as all nine batters got a chance to step inside the batter's box.
With one crack of the bat in the third, Austin Byler built momentum for the Wolf Pack with a towering two-out three-run home run to dead-center field. The hit ironically was the first hit Bulldogs' starter Jordan Brink allowed in the game, scoring one runner he walked and another he hit with a pitch prior to Byler's at-bat.
Fresno State's offense strung together three straight singles that produced one run in the fourth to answer the Wolf Pack's three-run third to increase its lead to 6-3.
Although, Nevada carried the momentum from the previous inning, scoring two more in the home half of the fourth, including a leadoff solo homer by Brad Gerig that helped narrow the Fresno State lead to 6-5. Nevada scored for a third straight inning in the fifth, to knot the game at 6-6.
Brink exited the game after throwing six complete innings. All six runs were earned off of six hits allowed, three of which were home runs. Brink struck out seven against one walk.
Nevada completed its comeback with a two-run seventh to take its first lead of the series, 8-6.
With the loss, Fresno State drops to 18-19 and 8-12 in MW play. Nevada picked up its first win against Fresno State this season and improve to 20-16 and 12-8 in conference play.
The series will be decided Saturday at 1 p.m. RHP Tim Borst (2-2, 2.91 ERA) is the projected starter for Fresno State while RHP Jordan Deitrich (1-1, 2.84 ERA) is scheduled to start for Nevada.
"Catch the Wave" - 2014 Fresno State baseball season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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