FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State baseball team rallied for a 9-8 win over the No. 16 New Mexico Lobos on a sizzling Sunday afternoon at Pete Beiden Field.
Fresno State (18-31, 11-16 Mountain West) dug itself a five-run deficit, but scored six runs in the fifth to take the lead for good and gutted out the victory over the regular season Mountain West champion behind a hot day at the plate by Bulldogs' junior centerfielder Aaron Judge and a gutsy pitching performance by freshman Jake Skull.
Fresno State added a run in the sixth on Judge's RBI triple and built as much as a 9-5 lead before the Lobos mounted their late charge.
After the Bulldogs' freshman starter Tim Borst (2-2) put up five solid innings to pick up his second win of the year, Shull came in for the final four frames to register his first career save while staving off the potent firepower of the Lobos' dangerous offense.
Judge, who posted a 4-for-4 afternoon at the plate with the RBI triple, a double and two singles to finish a home run shy of a cycle, inserted a key surge for Fresno State, who snapped New Mexico's MW-record 14-game conference winning streak.
The loss marked the first for UNM (32-18, 22-5 MW) in league action since an 11-4 loss at Air Force on April 7.
Fresno State returns to Beiden Field on Thursday for the start of its final regular season series when the Nevada Wolf Pack visit the San Joaquin Valley for a three-game series.
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Memphi s, Tn.--First baseman Johnny Monell's 11th inning RBI single that put the Fresno Grizzlies (20-18) ahead for good as they defeated the Memphis Redbirds (19-16) 7-4 in 11 innings on Mother's Day at AutoZone Park. Monell drove a two-strike single along the ground into right field to drive home catcher Jackson Williams, who had walked to start the inning.
All the damage was done against Memphis left-handed Barret Browning (0-2), who gave up three runs (all earned) on four hits in the game-deciding frame. Following Monell's hit, shortstop Juan Ciriaco came through with an RBI single, and later it was center fielder Gary Brown capping his second three-hit game of the season with an RBI two-out hit.
The Grizzlies jumped on the board with two runs in the first inning against Memphis left-handed starter Nick Additon. Second baseman Kensuke Tanaka reached on a single to open the game, and Brown doubled off the left field wall to score Tanaka. Two batters later, third baseman Chris Dominguez came through with an RBI single to left field.
Memphis came back in the first inning against Fresno right-handed starter Shane Loux with a run, and then added two runs in the third inning, which included a RBI double by former Grizzlies outfielder Justin Christian.
Fresno was down 4-2 going into the seventh when Dominguez (5) launched a homer to left field leading off against Memphis right-hander Eduardo Sanchez. Dominguez's clout was on the first pitch he saw against Sanchez. The Grizzlies scored the tying run courtesy of a Ciriaco single with two outs.
Once again the backbone of the win was the Grizzlies bullpen, which combined to give up just one run in six innings. The Fresno bullpen has given up just one earned run in its last 18 1/3 innings. The only blemish today was right-hander Brett Bochy allowing a homer to Memphis pinch hitter Chad Huffman (4) to left field in the sixth. After Bochy, right-handers Ramon Ramirez, Jean Machi (2-0) and Heath Hembree (11) pitched shutout ball, with Hembree earning his Pacific Coast League-best 11th save with a perfect 11th. Machi struck out four, Ramirez fanned three, and Bochy struck out three in his inning. Fresno pitchers combined to strike out 14 Memphis batters.
Loux went five innings. He gave up nine hits, three runs (all earned), two walks, and struck out three.
Additon lasted six innings while allowing five hits and two runs (both earned) while fanning six.
The Grizzlies have won three straight games for the first time since a four-game winning streak from April 23rd-27th.
Game three of this scheduled four-game series will be on Monday night at AutoZone Park with a 5:05 PM PST first pitch. Fresno will send to the mound left-hander Michael Kickham (0-4) against Memphis righty Maikel Cleto (1-1).
Dominguez has homered three times on this road trip. This is the first time since September 5th-6th, 2010 while with Single-A Augusta that he has homered in back-to-back games.
Grizzlies first baseman Brett Pill was given the day off.
Outfielder Roger Kieschnick went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter and ended his streak of reaching base safely at 11 games.
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Fresno is 4-1 in extra innings.