May 28, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Doug Fister retired the first nine batters he faced, but the Bulldogs squandered some early chances and fell to Nevada 5-1 on Saturday. The Bulldogs left runners on second and third in the first inning, and never seemed to be able to get going against the Nevada pitching.
Fresno State started the game solidly as Christian Vitters doubled to start the game, and moved to third after a sacrifice from Kent Sakamoto. Beau Mills was intentionally walked and stole second to give the Bulldogs two runners in scoring position, but the Bulldogs couldn't get a runner across the plate and never had as good of a chance for the rest of the game.
Pitching kept the Bulldogs in the game, as both teams cruised through the early innings, especially Doug Fister, who faced the minimum through the first three innings. Fresno State finally broke through in the fourth, scoring a run after Chase Moore's leadoff double.
Nevada answered back with a big inning in the bottom half though. Fister hit Derek McNeil to open the inning, and after a sacrifice bunt from Eric Newman, Brett Hayes singled to score the Wolf Pack's first run. Nevada added two more in the inning after Carlos Madrid hit a two-run single to make the score 3-1.
More runs would follow for the Wolf Pack in the next few innings. A walk, balk and a single led to a run in the fifth inning, and a single from Hayes scored one run in the fifth, and two walks led to another run after a single from Jacob Butler scored McNeil, and only a great throw from Brian Lapin to get Newman at home saved more runs in the inning.
Ryan Rodriguez pitched a complete game for the Wolf Pack, giving up six hits and one run while striking out five Bulldogs. Fresno State and Nevada will both end their seasons tomorrow as the teams match up for one more game at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
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