Fresno State (21-25, 5-10 WAC) got a two-run walk off home run from first baseman Alan Ahmady in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Nevada (24-21, 9-5 WAC) 8-6 in the first game of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno on Sunday.
The loss snapped the Wolf Pack’s season-high six-game hit streak, leaving them 24-21 on the season and 9-5 in WAC play while the Bulldogs improved to 21-25 on the year and 5-10 in conference play.
FS scored three times in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game a 6-6. Third baseman Tom Mendonca’s home run scored the first two runs and catcher Trent Garrison’s double tied the game. Ahmady’s home run came with one down in the bottom of the ninth inning and scored left fielder Dusty Robinson who reached on a walk.
Trailing 3-2 Nevada scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead. Third baseman Tyson Jaquez drove home two with a bases loaded single and designated hitter Nick Melino’s single scored the third run of the inning. The Pack added a single run in the top of the eighth inning on right fielder Brett Hart’s single that scored Melino after he doubled.
The Pack held a 6-3 advantage until FS scored the final five runs of the game to win 8-6. Reliever Daniel Tinlin (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season allowing three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of action.
Holden Sprague (4-2) earned the win, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Left fielder Matt Bowman (2-for-5,R), Jaquez (2-for-4,2RBI), Melino (2-for-4,R,RBI) and shortstop Kevin Rodland (2-for-3,2R) topped the Pack with two hits each. Jaquez and Hart each drove in two in the game.
Robinson (2-for-4,R,RB) and Garrison had two hits apiece for FS. Ahmady and Medonca finished with three and two RBI respectively.
Nevada also lost the final game 12-5 to Fresno State (22-25, 6-10 WAC) at Pete Beiden Field on Sunday. The two teams split the four-game series as the Wolf Pack swept Saturday’s doubleheader 15-11 and 16-4 while FS won Sunday’s first game 8-6.
The Pack is currently in first place in the WAC standings with a 9-6 mark and is 24-22 on the season. The Bulldogs improved to 22-25 and 6-10 in conference play.
Nevada got a solo home run from left fielder Matt Bowman leading off the game but FS scored seven times in the bottom of the second inning. Third baseman Tom Mendonca drove home three of the runs with his 20th home run of the season. Second baseman Danny Muno scored two with his single.
The Pack fought back in the top of the third inning scoring three times to close within three at 7-4. Bowman, first baseman Shaun Kort and designated hitter Nick Melino each had an RBI in the inning.
FS scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take control of the game on the way to the 12-5 victory. The Bulldogs got a two-run inside the park home run from left fielder Dusty Robinson and a three-run homer from right fielder Brennan Gowens in the big inning.
Pack starter Jayson McClaren (1-3) suffered the loss allowing four runs on three hits in 1.1 innings on the mound.
Holden Sprague (5-2) won his second game of the doubleheader tossing a complete seven-inning game giving up five runs, four earned on six hits.
Bowman (2-for-4,2R,2RBI) led the Pack with two hits and two RBI. He hit his team leading eighth home run of the season leading off the game.
Robinson (2-for-4,2R,2RBI), first baseman Alan Ahmady (2-for-4,2R,RBI), Mendonca (2-for-3,2R,3RBI) and center fielder Gavin Hedstrom (2-for-3,R) had two hits each for FS. Mendonca and Gowens tied for game-high honors with three RBI apiece.
Nevada returns home to host Sacramento State in the final four home games of the season next weekend at Peccole Park. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader gets underway at 1:00 p.m. Sunday’s single game will mark the final home contests for seven Pack seniors as they will be honored prior to the 1:00 p.m. first pitch on Mothers Day.