Feb. 19, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - Jordan Luplow and Taylor Ward posted the Bulldogs' first two home runs of the young season Wednesday night, but it was not enough offense to oust Sacramento State as Fresno State fell 6-4 at Beiden Field.
Sacramento State tallied three runs off of four hits in the top of the third and would never trail from that point on in the game. Eight Hornets starters posted at least one hit and led freshman Sam Long (1-0) to his first career win in his college debut.
Fresno State sophomore starting pitcher Blake Quinn (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing all six runs off of eight hits at the mound. He struck out four in his 5.0 innings of work.
Offensively for the Bulldogs, Luplow posted the season's first home run with a solo shot blast over the left-center wall in the bottom of the fourth. Trent Woodward tagged on one more in the same frame after reaching second base off of back-to-back errors on the same play. Woodward would be pushed across the plate on the next at bat by Taylor Ward, a single through the left side.
The Bulldogs put their rally hats on in the sixth, down 6-2. Against a new pitcher to start the inning, Dallas Chadwick, Luplow walked on the first at-bat, but was caught stealing just before Chadwick walked Woodward on the following at bat. Ward picked up RBIs two and three of the game with a home run on the first pitch he saw to bring Fresno State within two. Viers singled to right field next, but was caught stealing there soon after to negate Brody Russell representing the tying-run in the batters box. Russell would go down swinging for out number three.
Ward went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the game, he leads the 'Dogs with eight hits and six RBIs through five games this season.
With the loss the Bulldogs drop to 3-2 on the season. After playing five games in six days the `Dogs will take Thursday off before they enter Mountain West play against Nevada, starting Friday.
Fresno State is slated for a three-game February conference series at Beiden Field this weekend. First pitch versus the Wolf Pack is set for 6:35 p.m. on Friday and will be followed with two afternoon games Saturday (2:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:05 p.m.)
"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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