Sophomore Cole Krzmarzick went 3-of-4 with two RBI, but Nevada fell short in a one-run decision to Fresno State on Friday night at Pete Beiden Field. The Wolf Pack lost, 5-4, in the series opener.
Nevada (15-16, 6-5) scored four runs on eight hits behind Krzmarzick’s three-hit performance, but Fresno State (22-13, 10-6) hit three home runs to narrowly win. Sophomore Grant Fennell also hit a pair of doubles and senior LHP Christian Stolo pitched all eight innings with six strikeouts to lead the Pack.
The Bulldogs hit a leadoff home run on the first at bat of the game to take an early lead. Nevada plated two runs in the top of the second to take its first lead. Senior Justin Hazard hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score sophomore Jordan Pearce and redshirt freshman Keaton Smith hit an RBI single to score Fennell as Nevada took a 2-1 advantage.
Krzmarzick followed with an RBI double to score junior Miles Mastrobuoni in the third inning as Nevada opened a 3-1 lead. The Bulldogs followed with four unanswered runs to take a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning.
Nevada pulled within one run in the top of the eighth inning. Junior Trenton Brooks hit a leadoff single and Krzmarzick added his third hit of the game with an RBI single to center field, trimming the deficit to 5-4. The Pack couldn’t pull any closer with three straight outs in the ninth frame.
Stolo matched a season-high with 8.0 innings pitched. The local product allowed five runs on nine hits, while striking out six batters with two walks. Fresno State’s Ricky Thomas also pitched eight innings and took the win on the mound.
Krzmarzick and Fennell led Nevada at the plate with multi-hit performances, while Brooks, Mastrobuoni and Smith also added one hit each.
Nevada will look to level the series tomorrow in game two. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif.