Ricky Tyler Thomas struck out nine while nearly going the distance and Jake Stone drove in the winning run in the eighth as Fresno State edged Nevada 3-2 on Friday to begin a three-game Mountain West Conference baseball series at Beiden Field at Bennett Stadium.
Thomas, a junior who entered the season considered one of the top 50 prospects in the nation, got off to a rocky start with a troublesome second inning as Nevada recorded both of its runs on three hits and an error.
But the Bulldogs left-handed ace recovered and allowed just three baserunners the rest of the way, two on infield singles and a hit batter.
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Thomas (2-0, 1.52 ERA) was replaced with one out and a runner on second in the ninth for closer Edgar Gonzalez, who retired the next two batters for the save.
Fresno State (5-4) tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh on Scott Silva’s single to right that scored Stone.
The next inning, Stone stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. On a 3-0 count, Stone swung and hit a grounder to first that scored Austin Guibor for the eventual winning run.
The Bulldogs have won three straight. The series continues at 6:05 p.m. Saturday.
NEVADA AT FRESNO STATE
- Series: 6:05 p.m. Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Beiden Field at Bennett Stadium
- Records: Bulldogs 4-4, Wolf Pack 2-7
- Radio: KFIG (AM 940)
- Of note: The Bulldogs have won three straight entering Saturday.