Aaron Arruda had a career day in Reno, crushing three home runs that included an eighth-inning grand slam as Fresno State beat Nevada 27-5 on Sunday.
It was a small slice of justice – the Bulldogs (19-20, 9-9) preventing the Mountain West series sweep and getting some revenge from last year’s conference tournament when the Wolf Pack (13-27, 9-12) eliminated them with a 25-4 whooping in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Arruda, a junior first baseman out of Buchanan High, had a pair of two-run shots in the third and seventh innings before his grand slam increased his RBI total to nine for the afternoon. He hit 4-for-4 and was also walked twice. He now has a team-best nine home runs this season.
He’s the first Fresno State player to have a three-homer game since Brian Lapin did it in 2007. His nine RBI also matched a school record set by Josh Hannah in 1998.
Saturday, Wolf Pack 7, Bulldogs 3 – With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eight, Justin Brigman hit a three-run double to clinch the series for Nevada with one game left to play. The Wolf Pack went up 3-0 on a three-run home run by Chase Grant in the second.
Friday, Wolf Pack 5, Bulldogs 4 – A three-run fourth inning for Nevada proved too much for Fresno State to overcome in the conference series opener. Tied 2-2, the Wolf Pack opened the inning with four consecutive singles before taking the lead on a bases-loaded walk and double play.
Wednesday, Tigers 12, Bulldogs 11 – Preston Moebius hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Pacific to a walk-off win in Stockton.
- Tuesday: Nonconference game at Cal Poly, 6 p.m.
- Friday-Sunday: Mountain West Series vs. San Jose State, 6 p.m., 6 p.m., 1 p.m. at Beiden Field at Bennett Stadium