Fresno State was hoping to get back to its winning ways when it returned to Beiden Field on Tuesday night for a nonconference baseball game against Oklahoma.
The Bulldogs had lost five in a row after opening the season perfect through 11 games, including a 9-0 mark at their home field.
But the Sooners, backed by stellar pitching, made it six straight defeats for Fresno State, winning 3-2 in front of an announced crowd of 1,295.
The Bulldogs (11-6) led 2-1 through three innings, but the Sooners (7-9-1) leveled the score in the fourth on Austin O’Brien’s two-out single to center.
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Fresno State brought in Austin Arias to replace starting pitcher Edgar Gonzalez at the beginning of the fifth and the Sooners quickly got to the Bulldogs’ left-handed reliever on Domenic DeRenzo’s lead-off double. Arias retired the next two batter, but walked Jack Flansburg on a full count and was pulled for Ricky Ramirez.
Alex Wise took Ramirez’s second pitch for a single up the middle to bring in the go-ahead run for Oklahoma.
The Bulldogs were held to just three hits by Sooners starter Kyle Tyler and relievers Ryan Madden and JB Olson. Ryan Dobson scored both runs for Fresno State, coming home in the first on a passed ball and in the third on an error.
Fresno State next hosts UNLV for a three-game Mountain West series starting Friday.
Softball – Fresno State maintained its positions among the nation’s elite in this week’s Top 25 polls Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (15-6-1) are still No. 24 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll but dropped from 22nd to 24th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll. Florida (26-1), which lost its first game of the season 5-4 to No. 3-ranked Auburn on Monday, held on to the top spot in both polls for the sixth week in a row.
The Bulldogs beat Weber State 2-0 and lost to No. 7-ranked Washington 12-3 on Saturday as part of the Fresno State Classic. Their other three games, as well as most of three-day tournament, was washed out by rain.
The Bulldogs hit the road this weekend for their final tournament of the season, the San Diego Classic II, where they will play Long Beach State, Brigham Young, Ohio State, Princeton and San Diego.
MOUNTAIN WEST BASEBALL: FRESNO STATE VS. UNLV
- Series: 6:05 p.m. Friday, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Beiden Field
- Records: Bulldogs 11-6, 2-1 Mountain West; Rebels 7-8, 2-1 (lost 8-7 to Ohio State on Tuesday)