Doran (3-2) allowed eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk over six innings. He gave up single runs in the third and fourth innings, which Fresno State used to take an early 2-1 lead, but was otherwise in command. Miller pitched the seventh and eighth before handing the ball to Derby, who picked up his fifth save of the season.
The bullpen's shutdown performance made it meaningful when the Aztecs (9-11, 2-1) rallied over the final three innings against Fresno State (4-14, 1-2).
Greg Allen's third-inning single up the middle brought home the SDSU's first run of the game. The Aztecs added two more runs in the seventh off Fresno State starting pitcher William Munro (1-2) to take a 3-2 lead. Steven Pallares' RBI triple and Mitch Bluman's RBI single keyed the rally. The Aztecs added a run in the ninth when Jake Romanski was hit by a pitch to open the inning and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
SDSU returns home for Tuesday's game at 6 p.m. against Long Beach State. The Aztecs host UNLV for a three-game MWC series that begins Friday at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
AROUND THE MWC
- New Mexico (8-10, 2-1) won two of three games at UNLV (15-5, 1-2), highlighted by Sunday's 12-7 victory in which third baseman DJ Peterson had two homers and eight RBI. Peterson now has 10 homers.
- Air Force (6-12, 1-2) avoided a sweep at Nevada (13-7, 2-1) with Sunday's 7-3 win.
- Next weekend: Fresno State is at Air Force and Nevada is at New Mexico.