Feb. 24, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
STANFORD, Calif. - Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge went 5-for-5 with three RBI and one home run against No. 15 Stanford on Sunday afternoon, but pitching woes plagued the ‘Dogs in the latter innings as the Cardinal went on to defeat the 'Dogs 7-4 at Sunken Diamond to sweep the series.
The ’Dogs jumped out early, putting two runs up in the first inning. Jordan Luplow led-off the game with a triple and Aaron Judge singled through the left side to drive in the games first run. With loaded bases following a fielding error that allowed Trent Garrison to move runners over from first and second, Taylor Ward grounded into a double-play that allowed Jake Alvarez to score from third to put the 'Dogs up 2-0.
In the second, Judge singled to left field to drive in Austin Wynns for his second RBI to give the 'Dogs a 3-0 lead. Wynns led the inning off with a single, he was 1-of-4 on the afternoon.
In spite of Fresno State’s early game success and knocking out Stanford’s starting pitcher in two innings, there were opportunities for more. The 'Dogs left seven runners on base through the first four innings in the early going before Stanford reliever Bobby Zarubin got going for the Cardinal. Zarubin worked 6.2 innings after Logan James surrendered three runs on four hits in 2.0 innings.
“We didn’t cash in,” said Batesole. “In the second, third and fourth inning we had the right guys up in the middle of the order with runners in scoring position, and we didn’t finish the deal. The only way you can get away with that is if your bullpen is nails, and obviously that wasn’t the case.”
Bulldog starting pitcher Tim Borst worked 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He gave way to Tyler Stirewalt in the fifth with a 3-2 lead. Stirewalt was wild on his first throw, allowing a runner to score from third to tie the game. Shortly thereafter Tyler Linehan relived Stirewalt after he retired one out. With runners on first and second, Wayne Taylor knocked in the lead run for the Cardinal, 4-3.
Judge answered to Cardinal push the following inning, as the lead-off batter he sent a rocket over the left field fence to tie the game back up at four a piece. Although, it was not enough as Cardinal hitters took advantage of the shaky Fresno State bullpen in the eighth.
With two outs in the eighth inning, Garrett Mundell gave up an RBI double to push the lead run across and soon after Danny Diekroeger hit a 2-run shot against Aaron Gillis to propel Stanford to the victory.
The ’Dogs will look to rebound on Tuesday on the road against Cal State Bakersfield. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
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