The Fresno State baseball team trailed for the first time this season.
But the Bulldogs showed they could overcome fairly large deficits not just once, but twice en route to an 11-10 nonconference victory against Oakland on Tuesday at Beiden Field.
Fresno State fell into a five-run hole after one inning, took the lead in the fifth, only to fall behind three runs again in the sixth.
Yet the Bulldogs answered immediately with a four-run sixth highlighted by Jeremiah Burks’ two-run double before two of the Bulldogs’ key relievers – Dylan Lee and Tim Borst – came in and closed out the game with three scoreless innings.
Borst, who threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings, picked up his third save as Fresno State (4-0) survived its first test that required the Bulldogs to use starting pitchers not part of their weekend rotation.
Fresno State’s No. 1-3 starters had combined to allow just two runs over 18 1/3 innings.
Tuesday’s starting pitcher, right-handed freshman Edgar Gonzalez, gave up five runs off two hits and two walks in the first inning alone. He lasted four innings and surrendered six runs (five earned) on four hits and three walks.
But the Bulldogs bats responded with four-run third inning, then took a 7-6 lead with a three-run fifth as Kevin Viers’ sacrifice fly brought in the go-ahead run.
Oakland reclaimed the lead in the sixth as reliever Ricky Ramirez got roughed up for four runs off three hits and two walks.
But Fresno State answered again with three hits and four runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Aaron Arruda drove in the go-ahead run with a single up the middle that scored Brody Russell.
Oakland later had runners on first and second in the eighth inning. But Borst relieved Lee to get the inning’s final out and escape the jam.
Fresno State finished with 10 hits.
▪ Fresno State’s Anthony Arias was named the Mountain West pitcher of the week.
The left-handed sophomore threw six shutout innings with seven strikeouts and allowed just one run as Fresno State defeated Creighton 7-3 Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep.
Arias allowed a leadoff single then kept the Bluejays hitless the remainder of his time on the mound while retiring 18 of the next 21 batters.
It’s the second time Arias has been named the conference pitcher of the week in his career, along with the final weekly award in 2015.
Women’s golf – Fresno State finished runner-up at the Gold Rush Invitational, placing four individuals in the top 15 for a tournament score of 881.
USC, the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, won the tournament at 865.
The Bulldogs’ tournament score was their fifth-lowest in school history.
Hannah Sodersten (76-71-70–217) made 11 birdies and finished tied for fifth at 1 over for the tournament. The senior has placed in the top 10 in four of the first seven tournaments this season.
Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir (71-75-73–219) shot 3 over to finish tied for seventh, Kristin Simonsen (75-74-72–221) took seventh and Yifei Wang (73-74-76–223) tied for 15th.
Swimming – Fresno State’s Ugne Mazutaityte was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year as the Bulldogs wrapped up the Mountain West Championships on Saturday at the Texas A&M Natatorium in College Station, Texas.
Mazutaityte won the gold in the 200-yard backstroke championship final with a Fresno State record time of 1 minute, 54.47 seconds – one second faster than her previous personal-best.
Mazutaityte also took third in the 100 back at 54.06 seconds to become the first Bulldog to medal in two individual swimming events in a conference championship since the program returned in 2008.
Mazutaityte was named to the all-conference team in both events.
In addition, Esme Gullick received all-conference honors in the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard butterfly.
Fresno State finished last in the 10-team field at the championships with 182 points. Nevada won with 664.