Fresno State played its first extra-inning game of the baseball season Friday night.
And the outcome was the same – a Bulldogs victory.
Brody Russell hit a go-ahead home run to left-center field in the 10th inning, lifting Fresno State to a 3-2 victory over San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Bulldogs improved to 10-0 – the program’s best start since the 1951 team started 11-0 – while also winning their Mountain West opener.
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The Bulldogs trailed 2-1 in the sixth when pinch hitter Torin Goldstein singled with two outs through the left side of the infield to score Kevin Viers and tie it up.
Russell, who had three of the Bulldogs’ eight hits, scored on a throwing error in the first for an early Fresno State lead, but the Aztecs (1-9) answered with a single run in the bottom of the inning and another in the third to take the lead.
Dylan Lee (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief work, and Tim Borst pitched the 10th to earn his sixth save of the season in as many opportunities.
Bulldogs starter Ricky Thomas went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on nine hits and striking out five before the left-hander was lifted for reliever Rickey Ramirez.
The series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m. Sunday.