Fresno State Outslugs Nevada For 10-7 Comeback Victory
April 23, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State fell behind early after four runs from the Wolfpack, but the Bulldogs came back with two big innings. Using hits from almost the entire lineup, they scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to get the 10-7 win, their second over Nevada in as many games. David Gomez came through for the 'Dogs all night, batting 3-for-5, hitting a solo homerun and two RBI singles.
Nevada started off the evening strong, opening the game with a triple from Matt Bowman, who scored on a Brett Hayes single to give the Wolfpack an early 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs would strike right back in the bottom half as Nick Moresi pounded a ball into the scoreboard in left field to give the 'Dogs a 2-0 lead, after DeAndre Miller drew a leadoff walk.
In the third inning, the Wolfpack would open up a larger lead, as the Bulldogs retired the first two batters in the inning, but trouble followed. Eddie Romero walked two straight batters, and had worked the count full but Nevada's Ben Mummy hit a three run homerun over the left field wall to give Nevada a 4-2 lead.
The two teams traded runs in the middle innings, as David Gomez hit his second homerun of the season to right in the third inning, but Nevada added a run in the sixth off of reliever Rudy Quinonez, who pitched well in relief, getting the win in his longest appearance of the year, 4.1 innings.
The Bulldogs broke the game open in the seventh inning as Kent Sakamoto opened the inning with a double down the left field line, further inciting a loud crowd. Nevada starter got the next two batters, but Todd Sandell singled to right to start a big rally for the Bulldogs, scoring Sakamoto. DeAndre Miller and David Gomez both hit singles from the top of the order.
Nevada head coach the went to the bullpen for closer Wesley Dorsett, who didn't fare any better. Brian Lapin smoked a double to the gap in right center, and after intentionally walking Beau Mills, Christian Vitters singled to bring in the fifth run of the inning.
Nevada brought the game back to 8-7 in the top of the eighth, as Shawn Scobee nailed a Quinonez offering to dead center. Doug Fister made a great play at first to get the next out, and Ryan Penn got a inning ending double-play after coming in at pitcher.
Fresno State closed out the game by adding two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, and Penn finished out the game, throwing 1.2 innings to get the save, his third of the season and second in as many games.
The teams finish off the series in a matinee tomorrow afternoon at Beiden Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.