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Bulldogs Fall to Air Force in Opener of Crucial Baseball Series at Air Force
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By Steven Sanchez
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May 16, 2024

Fresno State needs to play well in its final two regular-season baseball games at Air Force to fulfill its goal of winning the Mountain West title. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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The Fresno State baseball team (29-24, 16-12 MW) dropped the first game of a crucial road series on Thursday at Air Force, falling out of first place in the Mountain West.

The Bulldogs, who lost 3-1 to the Falcons in Colorado Springs, have games Friday and Saturday to close out the regular season.

Fresno State at Air Force

Friday: 12:05 p.m.

Saturday: 11:05 a.m.

Conference Implications

The Mountain West standings are coming down to the wire, and the Bulldogs are fighting for the conference title, as well as one of the four spots in the double-elimination MW Championship tournament at San Diego State next week.

With Thursday’s victory, Air Force (24-26, 16-12) moved into a tie for second, a half-game behind New Mexico (16-11, 27-22), which begins a three-game series at San Jose State (20-30, 14-13)) on Thursday night.

The fifth team in contention to advance to the MW Championship is Nevada (23-25, 14-13), which is hosting last-place San Diego State (16-35, 9-18) in Reno.

Players to Look For

Sophomore Murf Gray will play a key role in this contest as he batted .583 for the Bulldogs in their series win over conference challenger UNLV last weekend. The 2023 Mountain West Freshman of the Year had seven hits on the weekend in 12 at-bats with a single and a home run. The 2024 Preseason All-Mountain West selection drove in six runs and had a career-high four-hit game against the Rebels.

Redshirt junior Rocco Peppi leads the Bulldogs in slugging percentage (.621), runs batted in (55), home runs (14), total bases (123), and stolen bases (6).

Senior Noah Beal leads the bullpen with earned run average (4.99), innings pitched (66.2), and strikeouts (73).

You can watch the games live on the Mountain West Network, and listen to them live on FOX Sports AM 1340.

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Steven Sanchez,
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Steven Sanchez, a resident of Clovis, graduated from Buchanan High School in the class of 2007 and obtained his film degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Steven is a multifaceted artist, working as a filmmaker, writer, photographer, videographer, and published author. He has a profound passion for movies, comic books, and rock ‘n’ roll. A dedicated football enthusiast, he cheers for the Las Vegas Raiders. In his leisure time, he indulges in reading and collecting vinyl records. Steven is often found attending rock shows in town, a keen enthusiast of live music. He holds a special fondness for his grandma's homemade meals and spending time with his twin sister.

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