Big Bats, Strong D Lead `Dogs over Waves
Feb. 25, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
Malibu, Calif. -Fresno State (4-3) nearly tied a single-game record for double plays in their 8-4 win at Pepperdine Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs turned four as senior Cody Kendall went a career-high seven innings to earn his first win of the season.
Freshman Jordan Luplow had a career-best performance at the plate, going 3-for-5 to lead the team. The Clovis, Calif. native set career-highs in hits, doubles (2), total bases (5) and RBI (4).
Seven other Bulldogs finished the game with hits.
Fresno State jumped out early in the first inning. Luplow singled to center and moved to third on a double by sophomore Aaron Judge. Scott Frazier walked junior Trent Garrison to load the bases and senior Kenneth Wise stepped up in the dh spot, singling to right. Luplow and Judge came around to score, giving Fresno State the 2-0 lead.
Frazier then got out of the inning and the Bulldogs' defense took over.
With a runner on first, Pepperdine's Zach Vincej bunted down the third base line to advance Matt Gelalich. Junior Justin Charles threw out Vincej at first and a heads up play by freshman Jordan Brink caught Gelalich trying to steal third.
In the third inning, Luplow caught a ball deep in right field and threw the runner out at home for the third double play in three innings. The defense finished with four, one shy of the program high of five.
Fresno State's defense has turned 10 double plays this year.
The Bulldogs were kept off the board until the fourth inning. Moultrie laid down a beautiful bunt to move Charles and freshman Chris Mariscal into scoring position. The Waves right-hander then walked Hutcheson and loaded the bases for a second time.
With a 2-2 count, Luplow doubled down the left field line and cleared the bases. He then scored on a fielding error by the third baseman to give the Bulldogs the 6-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Pepperdine responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs or their own.
But Fresno State picked up two more runs in the sixth to push the lead back to six. Charles led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Moultrie.
Hutcheson then singled to right, scoring Charles. He would move to second on a passed ball and then score on Luplow's second double of the day.
The score would hold at 8-2 until the bottom of the eighth inning when Pepperdine's bats came alive. The Waves drove two runs across on three hits to pull the lead back down to four before freshman Christian Belleque struck out two to end the inning.
Belleque went only one inning before sophomore J.D. Salles closed the game for the Bulldogs.
Frazier received the loss for Pepperdine (5-2).
Fresno State closes its series with the Waves tomorrow, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs return home Feb. 28 to face UC Santa Barbara and then No. 2 Stanford, Mar. 2-4. Fans can purchase season and single-game tickets online or by calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at 559-278-3647.
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