Baseball's Win Streak Snapped After Late Home Run From Nevada
May 27, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State battled back from 4-1 deficit to tie Nevada in the late innings on Friday afternoon, but a walk-off home run from Nevada's Ben Mummy snapped Fresno State's win streak with a 6-5 defeat. The Bulldogs' Steve Susdorf was 3-4 with two RBI, and Nick Moresi hit his 11th home run of the season in the loss.
The Bulldogs opened the game in an early hole. Fresno State starter Matt Garza, who has normally been good out of the gate, gave up three straight singles to open the game, including a two-run hit to Brett Hayes to give Nevada an early lead.
Nick Moresi brought the Bulldogs back within one in the fourth inning however. The centerfielder, who had two home runs against Louisiana Tech, added his 11th bomb of the season to get the score to 2-1. The Wolfpack answered back in the bottom of the inning however, scoring two unearned runs to get extend Nevada's lead.
The Bulldogs continued a trend of pulling within one in the sixth inning. Nick Moresi reached on an error to start the inning, and Beau Mills was walked to leave two on for Steve Susdorf, who doubled to right center to keep Fresno State in the game 4-3.
The two teams continued to trade runs in the late innings. Garza retired the first two batters in the Nevada half of the sixth, but Derek MacNeil laid down a bunt single, and two singles from Matt Bowman and Brett Hayes brought MacNeil around to score.
Fresno brought the game to a tie with two runs in the seventh. Todd Sandell led off the inning with a double down the left field line, and scored off of a Christian Vitters single, and Vitters would score after singles from Kent Sakamoto and Beau Mills to tie the game at 5.
Both teams bullpens would get the job done through the eighth inning, and Nevada's Wesley Dorsett set down the Bulldogs in order in the ninth. Brandon Miller, who came in the eighth to set down two batters, got Hayes to strike out the beginning of the inning. Switching to closer Rudy Quinonez, the Bulldogs looked set to move to extra frames, but Nevada cleanup hitter Ben Mummy hit a home run just over the wall in right to give Nevada the win.
The teams will meet again tomorrow and Sunday in afternoon games at 1 p.m. Tomorrow's pitching matchup will feature Fresno State's Doug Fister against Nevada's Ryan Rodriguez.