May 16, 2003
RENO, Nev. - Senior infielder Brian Pierce went 3-4 including two home runs and a career four RBI to help lead Fresno State past Nevada 11-7 in the series opener Friday at Peccole Park.
The Bulldogs improve to 27-26 overall and 12-13 in the WAC while the Wolf Pack fell to 29-22 overall and 16-8 in conference play. The Fresno State win coupled with Rice's win over San Jose State clinched the WAC title for the Owls.
Pierce clubbed a two-run round tripper with two outs in the first inning. He added a run scoring double in the third and a solo blast in the sixth to give him sixth homers on the year.
The Wolf Pack responded with three runs in the bottom of the first on a two-run double by outfielder Chris Gimenz and an RBI single by outfielder Jacob Butler. In the second inning, Bulldog junior outfielder Cody Smith hit a sacrifice fly to plate junior infielder Chris Patrick and tie the game at 3-3. Pierce's run scoring double in the third gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead they would never relinquish. The Bulldogs scored in each of the first six ininnings of the game to account for their 11 runs.
Fresno State sophomore righthander Matt Scott (2-0) allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out a career high tying four batters over a career high 6 1/3 innings.
Nevada starter Mateo Miramontes (9-4) was touched for eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and four walks over three innings to pick up his fourth loss of the season.
Wolf Pack infielder Erick Streelman hit his seventh homer of the year and infielder Taylor Pullins socked his third of the season.
The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m. PDT. Fresno State freshman righty Toby Girazian (0-0, 4.32) is scheduled to oppose Nevada junior righthander Justin Sherman (7-5, 5.62).
Fresno State 211 412 000 - 11 12 1 Nevada 300 000 301 - 7 11 3 Scott, Glynn (7), Wolfenbarger (8), Edwards (9), and Marcelli; Miramontes, Gottier (4), Cummings (7), and Hayes. W - Scott (2-0). L - Miramontes (9-4). S - None. Hrs: FS: Pierce 2 (6); UN: Pullins (3), Streelman (7). T: 2:42. Att.: 1269.
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