Hopes for a fast start by Fresno State after two seasons of sub-.500 baseball have slipped away, replaced by a three-game losing skid that includes an 0-2 deficit in its first Mountain West Conference series.
The Bulldogs were done in by one of Nevada’s potent middle-of-the-order bats for the second straight game Saturday, though a less-than-usual suspect as the Wolf Pack rolled to a 12-7 victory at Peccole Park.
Platoon third baseman Bryce Greager, in the lineup with Fresno State starting a left-hander, belted a two-run homer to left in the second inning and a two-run double to center in the third as Nevada (6-0, 2-0) built a 6-2 lead. Both hits came off Bulldogs lefty Dylan Lee, who is finding the going rough in his first NCAA Division I season after a JC All-State campaign in 2014 for College of the Sequoias.
Lee (0-1), given a chance to work through his issues Saturday, allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and three walks in four innings. He gave up two homers for the second straight game and has an ERA of 14.14 after a tough three innings the previous weekend against UC Irvine.
The Bulldogs (3-3, 0-2) got within 7-4 on Taylor Ward’s two-run double in the sixth, but the Wolf Pack took advantage of wildness from the Bulldogs’ bullpen to blow it open with five in their half.
Freshman Ricky Thomas and junior Brennon Williams combined to walk five in the inning — four of them coming with the bases loaded. Thomas wound up being charged with four runs without recording an out.
Nevada starter Jason Deitrich did not give Fresno State all that much trouble, lasting just 3.1 innings while allowing six hits and a walk but just two runs. The big chance came in the fourth, when three of the first four batters reached. The Bulldogs still wound up with two outs after Kenny Corey, who led off with a single and moved up on Jesse Medrano’s groundout, was gunned down at home while trying to score on a Taylor Tempel single.
Fresno State, 9-8 losers in 10 innings Friday via a walk-off home run by Wolf Pack star Austin Byler, made it 12-6 on Ward’s two-run homer in the eighth. Tempel had an RBI single in the ninth.