Nevada Baseball Drops First Series of the Season to FSU
The 19th-ranked Nevada baseball team suffered its first series loss of the season as Fresno State won game two before winning today's series finale, 3-1, at Pete Beiden Field. The Wolf Pack falls to 27-9 overall and 13-5 in the Mountain West.
Nevada opened the season with eight consecutive multi-game series victories, which included five sweeps. The Wolf Pack opened with a 5-4 victory against the Bulldogs (18-18, 9-6) on Friday, however, the home side responded with a 14-10 win on Saturday and a 3-1 win today.
The Pack will play its fourth road game in four days Monday, returning to the diamond to meet San Francisco (18-18). First pitch is set for 3 p.m. PT at Benedetti Field. The Dons have won seven straight games.
“This was a tough game today and you have to give credit to Lambert for throwing a good game and Prior for getting a good swing off,” said head coach Jay Johnson. “Deitrich and Wilkins pitched great for us. We look forward to a good opportunity tomorrow.”
Nevada suffered a narrow setback despite receiving two strong pitching efforts. Senior RHP Jason Deitrich started on the hill, allowing three runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work. The Garden Grove, Calif., native struck out six Bulldogs. Junior RHP Zach Wilkins worked his way out of no out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth frame, allowing just one run to score on a sac fly. The 6-foot-3 righty finished with one hit and no earned runs in three innings of relief.
For the third straight game, the Wolf Pack was the first team to get on the scoreboard. With two outs in the second frame, freshman Jordan Pearce doubled down the line before scoring on senior Jay Anderson's RBI single as Nevada led, 1-0.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the fourth inning in one swing of the bat as sophomore catcher Joe Prior hit a two-run homer over the left field fence. Fresno State added an insurance run in the sixth on Prior's sacrifice fly.
Nevada finished with one run on four hits as Pearce, Anderson, freshman Cal Stevenson and senior Kewby Meyer tallied one hit a piece.