RENO, Nev. --- The Fresno State baseball team got a strong performance by sophomore right-hander starter Derick Velazquez in shutting out Nevada 4-0 on Friday night at Peccole Park.
"That's exactly what we needed," Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said. "We needed Derick to come out and pound the zone. He had good stuff early. The last couple of innings he was pitching on guts and fumes at that point... He's one of those guys that has a nose for the finish line. He gave us everything he had."
Velazquez (2-2) delivered 7.1 innings of scoreless ball while tossing seven strikeouts and walking just one batter. Jordan Brink closed it out with a clean 1.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Neither team scored until the Bulldogs put across three in the fifth that started when Taylor Ward ripped a one-out double that was followed by an intentional walk to Aaron Judge. Trent Garrison then lined a RBI single to put Fresno State up 1-0. Austin Wynns loadeds the base with a single and Taylor Tempel made Nevada pay with a two-out two-RBI double to extend the lead to 3-0.
"That was a big two-strike at-bat that he fought through," Batesole said of Tempel's fifth-inning double. "He got that hanging breaking ball and ripped the double down the right field line. He and Trent both were big."
The 'Dogs added an unearned run in the eighth on a throwing error by Nevada's Ryan Teel, who threw down to first base trying to retire Tempel after a swinging strike out on a pitch in the dirt. Tempel reached second when Teel's throw sailed into right field and allowed Kevin Viers to come around to score. Viers had led off the frame with a single.
Fresno State (6-17, 2-4 Mountain West) held Nevada (16-11, 4-4 MW) scoreless for the first time this season and handed Nevada southpaw starter Tyler Wells his first loss of the year.
The Bulldogs tallied four doubles in the game - one shy of tying their season-high set back in a 14-3 win over USC on March 3.
The teams will meet for the rubber match of the three-game MW series on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT, which will be broadcast on 940 AM ESPN Radio.
FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State softball fell to Nevada late in the second game of the series to lose 1-0 on Friday night at Bulldog Diamond. The Bulldogs (20-15, 1-1 MW) look to win the series with the final game on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m.
"It's a frustrating loss, but we gave it a lot of fight," said junior Stesha Brazil. "The whole games was frustrating because we had the hits, but they weren't timely. We had plenty of hits they just weren't at the right time. All we can do now is learn from it and come out ready to play tomorrow."
Freshman Hannah Harris had one of her best outings of the season against the Wolf Pack. The righty sat down the first six batters she faced in order and had a no-hitter intact through the first four innings. Harris surrendered her first hit of the night in the fifth inning.
"I thought Hannah threw well tonight," said head coach Trisha Ford. "She threw well enough to win. It was good because earlier in the year she didn't have her best stuff, so her last two outings have been very strong. To see her get back into her rhythm and do what she did tonight against a good Nevada team is a positive thing."
It is the fourth complete game of the season for Harris, who has thrown 13 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to cross home plate. She has an ERA of 2.17 and a 5-3 record in the circle.
The Bulldogs scattered three hits in the first two innings and had a total of eight hits to the Wolf Pack's three. Senior Diane Runge went 3-for-4 on the night.
Nevada took advantage of a Bulldog error in the top of the seventh inning to score the go ahead run. The Bulldogs threatened in the bottom half of the inning with the winning run on first base, but Nevada escaped with the win 1-0.
"We had a lot of opportunities early in the game," said Ford. "We left quite a few runners on base. Unfortunately, we weren't able to step up to the challenge and produce."
Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics