Fresno State erased a two-run deficit to beat Youngstown State 8-3 Friday night at Beiden Field and remain undefeated at 5-0 for the baseball program’s best start since 2011.
Starting pitcher Ricky Thomas got the Bulldogs, striking out the first six batters he faced.
Joe Prior put Fresno State ahead in the second inning, driving in Kevin Viers with a double to right-center field.
The Penguins (1-3) came back in the third, getting help on consecutive full-count walks from Thomas, followed by two Bulldogs errors that allowed Youngstown State to take a 3-1 lead.
But Fresno State had its own answers. After back-to-back walks to open the third, Brody Russell’s infield fly was dropped by the first baseman, loading the bases. The Bulldogs then tied it 3-3 on Jake Stone’s sacrifice fly and Aaron Arruda’s one-run double.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the fifth, scoring two runs after a throwing error, before plating one run in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Viers finished 2 for 4, with the RBI double and two runs scored.
After the bumpy third, Thomas retired the next nine batters in order, including striking out the side in the fourth. He finished with 11 strikeouts and allowed no earned runs in six innings to improve to 2-0.
Junior right-hander Mark Reece closed the game, giving up one hit and striking out four over the final three innings.
The teams play a doubleheader starting at 2:05 p.m. Saturday at Beiden before wrapping up the series Sunday.
FRESNO STATE VS. YOUNGSTOWN STATE
- Saturday: Doubleheader, first game 2:05 p.m., second game 5:05 p.m.
- Sunday: 1:05 p.m.