The Nevada Wolf Pack's bats don't seem to know that the season has started.
The Wolf Pack baseball team dropped its third consecutive game on Friday, falling in its Mountain West opener 4-1 to the Fresno State Bulldogs in front of a crowd of 1,586 at Beiden Field. The Wolf Pack is hitting .212 as a team and has now scored just seven runs during its three-game losing streak and just 15 over its first five games.
Once again, though, the Pack received a strong pitching performance.
Michael Fain, making his second start of the season, battled through 5.1 innings and allowed just four hits and three runs. The 6-foot-6 right-hander, though, struggled with his control, walking two and hitting a pair in falling to 0-1 on the year.
The only Wolf Pack run crossed the plate in the ninth inning.
Scott Kaplan walked and Austin Byler singled with one out. Jordan Devencenzi walked with two outs to load the bases and Trenton Brooks followed with an infield RBI-single. Kyle Hunt, though, struck out with the bases loaded on three pitches to end the game, dropping the Pack to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Mountain West.
Fresno State (4-2, 1-0) scored a run off Fain in the first to take a 1-0 lead. Taylor Tempel, who scored two runs, singled and scored on a fielder's choice ground out by Kevin Viers for the early lead.
The Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in the sixth to take a 3-0 advantage. Fain hit Tempel and Viers and allowed a bunt single by Jordan Luplow as the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out. Taylor Ward then singled in the two runs. Wolf Pack reliever Austin Dick, making his first appearance of the season, later fanned Jesse Medrano with the bases loaded to end the inning to prevent Fresno State from blowing the game open.
The Wolf Pack mustered just one hit -- a single by Devencenzi -- over the first six innings off Fresno State starter Jordan Brink. Brink (1-0) would go 8.1 innings and allow just four hits and a run.
The Pack got singles by Brad Gerig and Devencenzi in the seventh with two outs but Brink then got Brooks to roll out to end the inning.
Fresno State pushed across its final run of the game in the eighth to take a 4-0 lead as Jake Alvarez singled in a run off Wolf Pack reliever Evan McMahan. McMahan, a freshman from Las Vegas, was also making his Wolf Pack debut and allowed three hits and a walk and a run in two innings. Dick, a freshman from Rocklin, Calif., allowed just a walk and no runs in his two-thirds of an inning in his debut.
Devencenzi had two of the Pack's five hits. Byler had one hit and is now the Pack's only player hitting above .294. The junior first baseman is hitting .350 (7-for-20).
The three-game series will continue Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday.