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Fresno State erupts to bury Wolf Pack

The Fresno State Bulldogs scored eight runs in the fourth inning, six in the sixth and five more in the seventh to trounce the Nevada Wolf Pack 20-10 Thursday night at Peccole Park to open a three-game Mountain West series.

The 20 runs are the most scored by one team in a Mountain West game this season. It is also the most runs Fresno State has scored in a game since it beat New Mexico State 21-11 on May 7, 2010 and the most runs the Wolf Pack has allowed since a 22-17 loss at Santa Barbara on April 1, 2000 when the program was in the Big West Conference.

It is also the most runs the Pack has allowed at Peccole Park since a 21-12 loss to Fullerton on March 24, 2000. The 20 runs is also the most runs Fresno State has scored in a game against the Wolf Pack since a 26-7 win over Nevada in 1984. Fresno State had scored 19 runs in a game against the Pack three times since 1984 (in 1987, 2001, 2006).

The Wolf Pack has now lost seven regular season games in a row to Fresno State, dating back to last season. The Bulldogs swept the Pack in a three-game series in Fresno earlier this season (Feb. 21-23).

The Pack actually took a 3-1 lead on Thursday with three runs in the second inning. The Bulldogs, though, scored the next 19 runs. Brody Russell drove in four runs for the Bulldogs and now is hitting .205 on the season with a dozen RBI. Manny Argomaniz was 3-for-4 with three RBI and is now hitting .213 this season.

Chris Mariscal hit his third homer of the season for Fresno and Austin Guibor hit his first.

The Bulldogs roughed up Pack pitching for 20 hits. The Wolf Pack also walked six Fresno hitters and committed three errors, leading to four unearned Bulldog runs.

Wolf Pack starter Barry Timko allowed six hits and five earned runs and walked three in 3.1 innings to fall to 4-2 on the season. Timko threw just 47 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

Mark Nowaczewski, Ryan Baker, Michael Bradshaw and Jordan Dunatov followed Timko to the mound and allowed 14 hits and 15 runs (11 earned) over the final 5.2 innings.

The Pack scored four runs in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth to finish with 10 or more runs in a game for just the third time this season. Ryan Teel hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Pack.

The Bulldogs sent seldom-used pitchers Fred Schlichtholz (eight appearances) and Connor Chase (five appearances) to the mound the final four innings to mop up the blowout victory.

Trenton Brooks had three hits for the Wolf Pack. The Pack had 15 hits, including two each by Kewby Meyer, Austin Byler, Bryce Barger, Teel and Bryce Greager.

The Pack fell to 19-16 overall and 11-8 in the Mountain West with the loss. Fresno State improved to 19-19 and 8-11. The Pack is still in third place in the Mountain West behind New Mexico (11-4) and UNLV (13-6) and ahead of San Diego State (10-8), Fresno State (8-11), San Jose State (6-12) and Air Force (3-13).

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Pack in Mountain West games.

The Wolf Pack and Bulldogs will conclude this series with a game Friday night (6 p.m.) and Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.).

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