Fresno State junior outfielder Jake Stone records a hit during Sunday’s conference matchup between the ‘Dogs and Wolf Pack. (Khone Saysamongdy/The Collegian)
The Fresno State baseball team (24-13, 12-6 MW) held off Nevada for a 7-6 win Sunday afternoon at Beiden Field to complete the weekend sweep of the Wolf Pack.
“Both teams were absolutely grinding today and it was a great Sunday college baseball game,” said Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole. “Today came down to who won more pitches and we may have won three or four more of those pitches and that was the difference in the ballgame.”
Nevada (15-18, 6-7 MW) nearly came back in the top of the ninth as it scored three runs off senior pitcher Dylan Lee to make it a one-score game before the senior put the game away for his fifth save of the season.
Down 1-0, the Bulldogs put together a four-run fourth inning to take the lead and never trailed again.
The Bulldogs’ pitching staff held Nevada to eight hits on the afternoon with five of those coming in the final three innings.
The Bulldogs continued their hot hitting streak, recording 13 hits to raise their weekend total to 34. Leading the way Sunday was junior outfielder Jake Stone, who tied his career high with three hits, including a double, a pair of singles, two runs and an RBI.
Sophomore catcher Nick Warren also tied his career high with three hits, a double , two RBIs and two runs.
Senior Tim Borst picked up the win for the Bulldogs, throwing 2.1 innings while allowing two hits, two unearned runs and recording four strikeouts.
Up next, the Bulldogs head to Cal Poly Tuesday to take on the Mustangs in a nonconference matchup.
-The Bulldogs improved to 11-1 at home against Nevada since joining the MW in 2013 and have now swept three of the four series (2013, 2014, 2016) at Pete Beiden Field.
-The ‘Dogs have now swept four three-game series this season to match the number of three-game sweeps in 2015.
-The ‘Dogs improved to 19-3 at home and 18-2 when scoring six or more runs.
-It was only the second win of the season for the ‘Dogs when allowing six or more runs joining the Feb. 23 win over Oakland when the ‘Dogs claimed an 11-10 victory.
-The ‘Dogs have at least seven hits in 31 of the 37 games this season and are 22-9 in those contests.
-It was Lee’s sixth career save and Borst’s 13th career win.