The Fresno State baseball team endured its first blowout loss Sunday.
Sophomore left-hander Anthony Arias was roughed up for six runs while lasting just two innings, and the Bulldogs offense never got going en route to a 12-1 loss at No. 3 Texas A&M.
Arias had given up just two runs in his first three starts combined. But he was hit around from the start against the Aggies, who scored four in the first and then another two runs in the second.
Arias walked two and gave up six hits, four of which went for doubles.
The Bulldogs offense, meanwhile, mustered a season-low three hits and just one run, another season-worst.
Austin Guibor, Aaron Arruda and Joe Prior each singled for the Bulldogs.
5 of 12 Fresno State sophomore Aaron Arruda’s performance over three games against No. 3 Texas A&M
Arruda, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Buchanan, was the only Fresno State player to have a hit in each game against the Aggies as he finished the series 5 for 12 with two runs and an RBI.
Aggies starting pitcher Kyle Simonds got the win, scattering three hits and two walks with one unearned run that crossed in the fifth inning.
Fresno State (11-5), which won its first 11 games, now has lost five straight, including a three-game series sweep to Texas A&M. The previous four Bulldogs losses all were by one run.
Fresno State had lost its previous four games by one run each. But the Bulldogs got hammered Sunday, losing 12-1 at No. 3 Texas A&M for the Bulldogs’ worst defeat on the year.
Prior to Sunday, Fresno State’s starting pitchers had held their own against the Aggies.
Friday starter Ricky Thomas fired nine strikeouts in eight innings while allowing three runs off five hits in a 3-2 loss.
On Saturday, Jimmy Lambert struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings and gave up one run off six hits.
The Bulldogs return to action at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, hosting Oklahoma (6-9-1) in a single-game, midweek matchup.
Softball – Another day at the Fresno State Classic was washed out as the Bulldogs’ nonconference matchup with Cal State Bakersfield was canceled Sunday.
Fresno State (15-6-1) played just two of the five games scheduled during the three-day tournament, beating Weber State 2-0 on Saturday before falling 12-3 to Washington later in the day.
The Bulldogs started the year with 10 consecutive victories but have been inconsistent since with a 5-6-1 record.
Nonetheless, Fresno State tops many statistical categories in the Mountain West, with ace Jill Compton the conference leader in wins (8), ERA (1.79) and strikeouts (56).
Dominique Jackson leads the Mountain West with six home runs, and teammates Bria Kennedy and Lindsey Willmon are tied for second with four.