March 4, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State (5-7) fell to No. 1 Stanford Sunday afternoon, 9-2, in front of its largest home crowd since 2009. Over 3,300 fans watched a late rally fall short for the Bulldogs who picked up seven hits in the loss.
Sophomore Aaron Judge hit back-to-back doubles, grabbing a run and an RBI in the contest. All four of Judge's hits this weekend were extra base hits. He finished with four runs, four RBI and was walked three times by the Cardinal.
"He's made a great adjustment," head coach Mike Batesole said of Judge. "Now some of the best pitchers in the country that have tried pitching him in this weekend, he was able to turn and burn on them. I think you're going to see him getting better and better by the end of the year."
Stanford scored first and kept the Bulldogs off the board for starter John Hochstatter heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out on the board, Judge doubled down the left field line to end the Hochstatter's no hitter.
The 'Dogs remained scoreless until they rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Patrick Hutcheson singled to right to start off the inning. With a 2-2 count, Judge picked up his second double of the day, down the left field line, scoring Hutcheson and ending the shutout. He advanced to third after the next batter grounded out to second.
Freshman Jordan Luplow then beat out a slow roller between Hochstatter and second baseman Kenny Diekroeger. The play ended Hochstatter's afternoon and he went to bench having pitched 5.1 innings allowing six hits, two runs and striking out only two Bulldogs.
Junior Austin Wynns swung on a 2-1 pitch and ran out a slow roller to new pitcher Dean McArdle. With the bases loaded, and one out on the board, the Bulldogs were down 5-1. Freshman Chris Mariscal fouled off a host of balls, forcing McArdle to waste several pitches before he was caught swinging for the second out of the inning.
Senior Kenneth Wise pinch hit in the designated hitter spot and got McArdle to walk in the 'Dogs second run of the game. Unfortunately, the next batter struck out swinging to end the Bulldogs rally.
"That was our chance to put up a good inning and maybe catch them," said Batesole. "We had some chances to win with the bases loaded."
Stanford responded with four runs in the top of the next inning, but were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Junior Justin Haley returned to the mound against the Cardinal in the eighth inning. He fanned two in only one inning of work. The righty allowed just one hit in 4.1 innings pitched against the Cardinal, striking out five of the 14 batters faced.
"He's a big strong kid and we've been waiting for him to get healthy," said Batesole of Haley's performance. "It looks like this weekend he finally came. He had excellent stuff today."
Senior Thomas Harlan (1-2) received the loss for the Bulldogs who now begin preparing for a four-game series with San Francisco Mar. 8-11. Fresno State is 74-15 all-time against the Dons. The Bulldogs won the series 2-1 (5-3, 4-3, 3-4) when the programs met in 2011.
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