Fresno State’s baseball struggles continued Friday night, even against the program the Bulldogs owned a year ago, UNLV.
Corey Pool homered and drove in three runs and D.J. Myers gave up two runs in seven innings as the Rebels never trailed in defeating the Bulldogs 4-2 in a Mountain West Conference series opener at Beiden Field.
The loss came a year after Fresno State went 7-0 against UNLV, and it extended the Bulldogs’ losing streak to seven after an 11-0 start this season.
Fresno State last won 10-5 at San Diego State on March 5
Fresno State sophomore left-hander Ricky Tyler Thomas arrived with a 2-1 record, 2.13 ERA in 25 1/3 innings and 33 strikeouts, which ranked first in the conference and 20th nationally.
And, while he did strike out six without a walk in seven innings, he gave up eight hits, including a one-out single to Payton Squier that preceded Pool’s two-run homer to left field on an 0-1 count that gave the Rebels a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
The Bulldogs answered with Brody Russell’s leadoff homer in the fifth. But UNLV responded with an Austin Anderson double, Squier single, Pool RBI single and Andrew Yasdanbakhsh’s✔ RBI groundout to resume control, 4-2, in the sixth.
The Rebels would eventually turn it over to senior right-hander Ben Wright, who gave up one hit in two scoreless innings for his fourth save.
Also impressive in relief was Fresno State’s Tim Borst. The senior from Moreno Valley gave up one hit and struck out four in two scoreless innings.
FRESNO STATE VS. UNLV
- Series continues: Game 2, 6:05 p.m. Saturday; game 3, 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Beiden Field
- Records: Bulldogs 11-7, 2-2 Mountain West; Rebels 8-8, 3-1
- Webcast/radio: Mountain West Network (themwc.com)/KFIG (AM 940)