Feb. 22, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
STANFORD, Calif. - Fresno State RHP William Munro went toe-to-toe with No. 15 Stanford and its ace pitcher but ultimately fell 3-1 on Friday night at Sunken Diamond.
In 7.1 innings of work Munro allowed just one earned run on seven hits with three strikeouts. It was the sophomore's longest outing of his career after matching a career-high during last week's win against Santa Barbara in 5.0 innings pitched. Munro is now 1-1 on the season with a 0.73 ERA in 12.1 innings in two starts.
"[Mark] Appel set the tone for the game," said Munro. We knew it was going to come down to the last couple innings, so we were just trying to stay close and give ourselves a chance at the end." "Whenever you can scare a guy as good as Appel, you know you played a pretty good game."
Appel pitched a complete game for Stanford in his 2013 home debut, striking out 11, while allowing only three Bulldog hits.
The Cardinal stuck first scoring the games first run in the opening inning. After Appel retired the 'Dogs in order, Munro looked to be on his way to mimicking the Stanford left-hander as he rolled past his first two batters he faced. Although a pair of hits by the three and four hitters was enough to put the games first run on the board. Munro would not allow another run over the next six innings.
Fresno State broke through in the fourth inning as Trent Garrison, the Mountain West batting average leader entering Friday's game (.545), got on board with a single to center field. Austin Wynns successfully sacrifice bunted Garrison to second and a passed ball advanced Garrison on to third. Kevin Viers singled up the middle for his first RBI of the season to tie the game.
The Bulldogs defense kept the Cardinal at bay in the fifth and sixth innings despite leadoff batters reaching base in consecutive innings. The 'Dogs turned a 6-4-3 double play in the fifth, followed by a 1-6-3 double play in the sixth to help Munro make it out of each inning unscathed.
Stanford broke through in the bottom of the eight for two runs to take the games lead and eventual win. Faced with loaded bases and a full count, Tyler Linehan threw ball four, to walk in the games second run. Garrett Mundell would relieve Linehan and allow a Cardinal to score on a wild pitch before striking out the innings last batter.
The two teams will play game two of the series at 1 p.m. (PT) on Saturday. Follow GoBulldogs.com for live results.
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