Fresno State Eliminates Nevada, Stays Alive in MW Championship

May 24, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. - In their second meeting of the 2013 Mountain West Championship, No. 4 seed Fresno State eliminated No. 5 seed Nevada with a 10-1 victory at Pete Beiden Field on Friday morning. The Bulldogs advance to play No. 3 seed San Diego State in another elimination game at 3 p.m. PT.

Fresno State (23-32) was led by left-hander Tyler Linehan (3-7), who pitched a complete game five-hitter. Two late inning three-run homers from Brody Russell (2-for-3, 4 RBIs) and Jordan Luplow (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) sealed the win for the Bulldogs.

Play began with dominant pitching in the first three innings as Linehan retired nine of the first 10 Nevada batters he faced, while Wolf Pack right hander Tom Jameson retired eight of the first nine Fresno State batters.

The Bulldogs were the first to strike in the fourth as Jordan Brink drove in Luplow with a single to left field which gave Fresno State a 1-0 lead. With two on and one out, Nevada got out of the inning with a 1-6-3 double play.

Nevada (25-32) avoided more runs when Jameson got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth after hitting two batters and one throwing error by the Pack when he got Kevin Viers to ground out to end the inning.

The Wolf Pack tied the game 1-1 in the sixth inning when Hugo Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field which scored Scott Kaplan from third base. Fresno State responded in the bottom of the inning as Chris Mariscal plated Aaron Judge from third with a suicide squeeze. With two outs, Russell put the Bulldogs on top 5-1 as he hit a 3-run homer, his third of the season.

The Bulldogs put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth when Austin Wynns and Russell each knocked in an RBI and Luplow hit the second three-run home run of the afternoon for Fresno State.