Kevin Viers hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the first inning to ignite a short rally that put Fresno State up by three early and the Bulldogs never looked back on their way to a 6-1 victory over host UNLV on Friday.
After Viers gave the Bulldogs the lead, Manny Argomaniz and Kenny Corey followed with back-to-back doubles. Taylor Tempel pushed the lead to 4-0 with a run-scoring single in the fourth for Fresno State (25-25, 14-11).
Right-hander Jake Shull allowed up one run on eight hits in 61/3 innings for the win. Shull (4-5), the reigning Mountain West pitcher of the week, struck out three while lowering his ERA to a team-best 1.80.
Relievers Tim Borst and Casey Rodriguez held the Rebels (22-26, 8-17) to one hit until Garrett Mundell came finished it for his third save of the season.
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Viers and Tempel led Fresno State with three hits each. Argomaniz was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
The series continues at 2:05 p.m. Saturday as the Bulldogs remain tied for the No. 3 seed in the conference with New Mexico, beat San Jose State 12-5.
Golfer Madchen Ly in third at NCAA Regional
Bulldogs senior Madchen Ly remained in solid contention to qualify for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, brushing off three strokes from her opening-day total with a 2-over 74 in Friday’s second round at a regional in South Bend, Ind.
Ly, who is now at 7-over 151 heading into Saturday's final round at Warren Golf Course, jumped 12 spots on the overall leaderboard and is tied for 37th overall in the 96-player field. More importantly, she’s also third out of six players competing in the tournament individually, with the top of them advancing to the finals on May 22-27 in Bradenton, Fla.
Ly shot par on 16 holes and had bogeys on Nos. 3 and 16. The former Clovis High standout is two strokes ahead Indiana’s Elizabeth Tong for the third qualifying spot.
Duke’s Celine Boutier shot par to keep her lead at 5-under 139.