Fresno State scored a run in the seventh and eighth innings to break at 3-3 tie on Saturday to turn back the Wolf Pack 5-3 at Beiden Field. Fresno State, now 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain West, has a chance to sweep this three-game Mountain West series on Sunday.
The Wolf Pack got what it wanted in the top of the ninth inning as the team's best hitter, Austin Byler, stepped to the plate with the tying runs on base and two outs. Byler, though, fanned on a 2-2 pitch from Fresno's Derick Velasquez with Kewby Meyer on second and Scott Kaplan on first to end the game.
The Wolf Pack, which lost the first game of this series 4-1 on Friday, is now 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Mountain West. The Pack has scored just 10 runs during its four-game losing streak.
The Pack took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the third. Jay Anderson walked and Meyer doubled him in for a 1-0 Pack lead. Kaplan then reached on an error and Byler promptly drove in Meyer with a single for a 2-0 Wolf Pack lead.
The lead, though, didn't last long.
Fresno State, which has now won 12 of its last 17 games against the Wolf Pack dating back to 2011, took a 3-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the third. Trent Woodward, Kevin Viers and Taylor Ward all had run-scoring singles off Wolf Pack starter Jason Deitrich.
Deitrich, a 6-foot-6 junior right-hander, lasted three innings and allowed six hits, three walks and three runs.
The Pack, though, tied the game at 3-3 with a run in the fifth. Anderson singled and went to second on a ground out by Meyer. Byler walked with two outs and Brad Gerig followed with a single to score Anderson.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the seventh on a RBI single by Viers and added some insurance in the eighth on a run-scoring single by Chris Mariscal.
The run in the seventh came off Pack freshman Mark Nowaczewski. The Reed High graduate pitched well, allowed just the one run in 3.1 innings in relief of Deitrich. Nowaczewski didn't allow a hit but did walk three. Viers' RBI single in the seventh came off Pack reliever Colby Blueberg. Nowaczewski hit Taylor Tempel and walked both Jordan Luplow and Woodward to load the bases in the seventh before giving way to Blueberg.
Austin Dick allowed the Bulldogs' run in the eighth on a hit and a walk.
The Pack had a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh but Byler flew out to center field with Kaplan on second to end the inning.
The Wolf Pack outhit the Bulldogs 9-8 and Fresno State made more errors than the Wolf Pack (3-1).
Velasquez earned the victory for Fresno, pitching the final three innings. The Pack got three hits off Velasquez but no runs.