Feb. 18, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- Two big innings propelled the Fresno State baseball team to a 10-1 rout of Grand Canyon (1-3) in the home opener at Beiden Field on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs scored four runs in the third inning and then added five in the fifth to run away from the Antelopes and improve to 3-1 on the young season.
It was the top of the lineup that sparked the first big rally. Chris Mariscal was hit by a pitch by Grand Canyon starter Ethan Evanko to start things, followed by a bunt single by Taylor Tempel. No 3 hitter Jordan Luplow followed with a bunt attempt that Evanko overthrew to first to load the bases. Trent Woodward grounded out to short to score Mariscal for the game's first run. Taylor Ward hit a line drive single to left-center to drive in two runs and Kevin Viers doubled past a diving left fielder to score Ward for the fourth run of the inning.
Tempel provided the big hit in the fifth. After two runs had already crossed the plate, the Bulldogs loaded the bases and Tempel drove one to the left-center gap and drove in all three runners to extend the lead to 9-1.
All three Fresno State pitchers threw well. Starter Garrett Mundell threw three scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing just one hit. Lefty Connor Chase took the ball from there and went four innings. The sophomore allowed just one run on three hits to pick up his first career victory. Dillon Houser threw the final two innings. He struck out two and didn't allow a hit in the first outing of his career.
The Bulldogs busy week continues Wednesday night when they host Sacramento State at 6:35 p.m., at Beiden Field.
"Catch the Wave" - 2014 Fresno State baseball season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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