Freshman Jeremiah Burks broke a tied game with the first home run of his career as Fresno State pulled away in a 9-5 win against Cal Poly on Tuesday at Bob Bennett Stadium.
The teams split the nonconference season series at 1-1 .
With the score tied and runners and first and second with two outs in the fifth, the right-handed hitting Burks entered for lefty-handed hitter Kevin Viers after the Mustangs changed pitchers and turned to lefty reliever Justin Bruihl.
Freshman Jeremiah Burks entered as a pinch hitter for matchup purposes after Cal Poly inserted a lefty-hand reliever in the fifht. The right-handed hitting Burks responded with a go-ahead, three-run homer.
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The opposite-handed matchup worked to perfection as Burks launched a 2-2 count pitch over left-center wall to give the Bulldogs a 7-4 lead.
Bulldogs cleanup hitter Aaron Arruda also finished with three RBIs while batting 3 for 5 with two runs. Leadoff hitter Zach Ashford finished 3 for 4 with one run.
The Bulldogs (33-17) amassed 14 hits against the Mustangs (26-21) to mark the fourth time Fresno State produced double digit hits in the past 11 games – all without top hitter Brody Russell, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury.
FRESNO STATE AT UNLV
- Series: 6:05 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Earl E. Watson Baseball Stadium in Las Vegas
- Records: Bulldogs 33-17, 19-8 Mountain West; Rebels 22-26, 12-12
- Radio: KFIG (AM 940)
- Of note: This weekend will be Fresno State’s last Mountain West series of the season. The Bulldogs took 2 of 3 against the Rebels in March.