Fresno State Routs Butler 17-2 in Finale
Feb. 19, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State (3-1) placed 22 Bulldogs on the diamond in their 17-2 rout of Butler Sunday afternoon at Beiden Field.
"We had three guys who didn't give up an earned run," said head coach Mike Batesole of the starting pitchers during the series. "That's fantastic."
Freshman William Munro (1-0) earned his first collegiate win after going five scoreless innings and striking out a game high seven batters.
The Bulldogs also had great performances from its position players at the plate.
Junior Daniel Moultrie made the most of his return to the starting lineup, hitting .615 for the weekend after going 2-for-2 with a run in Sunday's game.
The Bulldogs opened scoring in the first inning and pulled the game out of reach in the bottom of the third.
Back-to-back singles by Moultrie and Hutcheson combined with smart base running, set up a sacrifice opportunity for sophomore Aaron Judge who flied out to left field, scoring Moultrie. After junior Trent Garrison walked, Austin Wynns singled up the middle to score Hutcheson.
Butler's starting pitcher Kyle Kramp walked freshman Jordan Brink and loaded the bases for Mariscal.
With a 1-2 count after fouling off several pitches down the left field line, Mariscal picked up his first collegiate triple and cleared the bases on a shot to right center that gave the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead.
That was enough for Butler head coach Steve Farley who sent for right-hander Will Schierholz. Kramp gave up six runs on six hits in 2.2 innings pitched and received the loss for Butler (1-3).
Schierholz got out of the inning, but would give up five runs of his own on four Bulldog hits in just two complete innings.
"We lost a little bit of focus in the one Butler game we lost yesterday, but today we kind of answered back and took care of business," said Judge.
Fresno State's offense put up 14 runs before Butler responded.
Pinch hitter Marco Caponi crushed a ball off the left field foul pole on a 3-1 count against freshman Christian Belleque to end the shutout. Butler would get one more run across in the top of the ninth inning on a balk call against senior Taylor Garrison.
Four Bulldogs notched doubles in the win including freshman Taylor Tempel who picked up his first career hit. Judge, Wynns and Brink also had doubles. It was Brinks first collegiate double as well.
Fresno State heads to CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 22 for its first road contest of the year. The 'Dogs lead the series 8-7, but ran into trouble against the road runners last season, dropping the series 3-1.
"As long as we stay focused going up against Bakersfield we will be fine," said Judge.
The Bulldogs will stay on the road at Pepperdine (Feb. 24-26) before returning home Feb. 28 against UC Santa Barbara. Fans can purchase season and single-game tickets online or by calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at 559-278-3647.
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