Fresno State’s Jimmy Lambert picked up his first victory in nearly a month, throwing five scoreless innings, and Taylor Ward drove in a pair of runs as the Bulldogs completed a three-game road sweep of UNLV with a 6-2 victory Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (27-25, 16-11 Mountain West) have matched their season high with five straight wins and made their road record just a little more bearable, even if they are still just 9-18 away from Beiden Field.
Lambert, who began the season as the Bulldogs’ Friday night starter but then was sent to the bullpen for a stretch because of control issues, had one of his cleanest performances of the season.
The sophomore struck out six and limited the Rebels to four hits and two walks. Lambert (3-2, 4.73 ERA) earned his first win since a 3-1 victory against Nevada on April 12, when the Bulldogs right-hander allowed one run in eight innings.
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Fresno State jumped to a 5-0 lead on UNLV (22-28, 8-19) through four innings. Ward and Manny Argomaniz each drove in a run in the third. The Bulldogs scored three in the fourth, highlighted by Jesse Medrano stealing home.
Austin Guibor finished 1 for 4 but scored a pair of runs for the Bulldogs, and Brody Russell was 2 for 5 with a run.
Tim Borst pitched the final 11/3 innings to earn his first save of the season.
UNLV broke through on Morgan Stotts’ two-run shot in the sixth off Anthony Arias, the only home run hit by either team in the series.
The Bulldogs remained tied for third in the Mountain West with New Mexico (27-23, 16-11), the same school that arrives this week for a three-game series to close out the regular season as the teams jockey for final seedings ahead of the conference tournament. Games are Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Nevada (40-12, 21-6) has clinched the regular-season title and top seed, with San Diego State (33-18, 19-10) securing the No. 2 spot and a first-round tournament bye with a 2-1 win at Air Force on Sunday. The Aztecs and Falcons saw the final game of their series in Colorado Springs canceled because of unplayable field conditions.
The Mountain West Conference Tournament, with the champion Wolf Pack as hosts, will run May 20-24 at Peccole Park in Reno.