April 19, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
Reno, Nev. - Nevada rallied for seven runs in the final two innings to erase an 8-2 deficit to defeat the Fresno State baseball team 9-8 in walk-off fashion for the second consecutive day, Saturday's stole the series.
Fresno State starter Tim Borst led the Bulldogs through seven complete innings, allowing just two runs on eight scattered hits. The sophomore right-hander pitched five scoreless innings that included four consecutive innings with punch-out strike outs to end the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, three off which stranded a runner on base. Borst struck out seven and walked just two in his ninth start of the season.
Nevada scored its first run in the sixth and added another in the seventh. Each run that scored resulted from a leadoff batter reaching base. The run in the sixth stemmed from a leadoff double and the run that scored in the seventh was a hit by pitch. Borst's day was over after working out of the seventh.
Freshman Jimmy Lambert surrendered seven earned runs over the next 1.2 innings that allowed the Pack to earn their second win in as many days. Nevada scored four runs on one at-bat in the eighth, a bases clearing triple, followed by an error that allowed Kewby Meyer to touch all four bases.
In the ninth, Brad Gerig tied the game with a two-run home run and two batters later Bryce Greager ended it with a walk-off home run.
The Fresno State offense was active once again Saturday, scoring eight runs, scattered over four different innings.
Ryan Dobson, who had a big day going 2-for-4 with three runs scored, got the offense started in the third with a leadoff triple, the first of his career. Austin Guibor drew a walk on the next at bat and Trent Woodward doubled to score both runners.
Taylor Ward also had a big game, going 3-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. In the fifth, Ward plated Dobson with one of two RBI hits that came against two strikes in the count.
In the sixth, a pair of career first home runs added two runs to the Bulldogs' run count thanks to back-to-back solo homers. Manny Argomaniz hit the first and Ryan Dobson hit the next that extended the Bulldogs lead to 5-0.
Ward tacked on another RBI in part of a three-run seventh inning that gave Fresno State an 8-1 lead at the seventh inning stretch.
Next up, Fresno State will play its first game at Beiden Field since April 8 on Tuesday, April 22 against Pac-12 opponent California. It will be the second time the Bears will have visited Fresno this season, the Bulldogs defeated the Bears 6-0 behind William Munro's complete game shutout. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
"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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