Fresno State baseball: Lambert, Stone help Bulldogs stop seven-game slide

Fresno State’s longest losing streak in baseball coach Mike Batesole’s 14-year tenure finally ended Saturday.

Starting pitcher Jimmy Lambert fired off nine strikeouts over six innings and Jake Stone homered while going 3 for 5 as the Bulldogs stopped a seven-game slide with a 6-2 victory against UNLV on Saturday at Beiden Field.

The seven straight losses had tied the worst stretch of baseball in Batesole’s tenure when it was initially done near the start of the 2014 season.

This recent slide didn’t seem quite as alarming as two years ago, though, with the Bulldogs (12-7, 3-2) losing five of the seven games by one run.

The losing streak also had been preceded by 11 straight wins, which matched the best start in school history since 1951.

Though Fresno State had lost seven straight for only the second time in coach Mike Batesole’s 14 seasons, this most recent slide didn’t seem nearly as alarming with the Bulldogs (11-7, 3-2) losing five of the seven games by one run and preceding the losing streak with 11 straight wins.

Nonetheless, Fresno State entered Saturday in danger of setting the very longest losing streak since Batesole took over.

But the Bulldogs responded early with a run in the first inning, then another pair of runs in the second after the Rebels (8-9, 3-2) scored once in the top of the second.

Fresno State moved ahead 6-1 with a three-run fifth that was started off by Stone’s solo homer to right field. Joe Prior added an RBI single then went on to score off a wild pitch in the inning.

Lambert, meanwhile, scattered five hits and two walks for one run over six innings, including a perfect fifth and sixth inning.

For the season, the right-handed junior is 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 34 innings.

Senior Brennon Williams (0-0, 2.57 ERA) threw the final three innings, scattering three hits and one walk for an unearned run.

Fresno State and UNLV will close the three-game series Sunday, with the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.