Fresno State’s Junior right-hander Jordan Brink has stepped up to the Friday-night challenge in the early going this college baseball season. Following 6 1/3 scoreless, 1-hit innings against UC Irvine, Brink handled Nevada in Fresno State’s Mountain West conference opener with a strong 8 1/3-inning outing.
The Bulldogs beat the Wolfpack 4-1 at Beiden Field in Fresno, with Brink getting his first victory of the season.
Brink was a 1B/OF position player his freshman year, but he mixed in pitching last season. Now, head coach Mike Batesole sends him to the mound in prime time. The Fresno native has been more than up to the task in his two 2014 starts.
The homestanding Bulldogs got on the board with a run in the bottom of the first, and Brink made it stand up till the middle innings. Fresno State struck for two more in the sixth and then stretched the lead to 4-0 in the eighth.
With a complete game in sight, Brink headed to the mound in the ninth. But after allowing two runners while recording just one out, the game was turned over to the bullpen. After 113 pitches, 71 for strikes, Batesole lifted the junior righty for Jake Shull.
Nevada struck for a run, but Shull shut the door and Fresno State improved to 4-2, 1-0 in the Mountain West Conference.
The two teams will play again on Saturday at 2:05 and Sunday at 1:05 at Beiden Field.