March 7, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team was on track all day to pick-up the series opening win versus Cal but fell 5-4 in extra innings at Evans Diamond on Thursday afternoon. The 'Dogs held a 4-1 advantage before the Bears overcame the three-run deficit over the final three plus innings, scoring two in the seventh, adding one ninth to tie the game and then walked off with the win in the 10th.
Fresno State (3-9) held a slim lead for the better part of the game beginning in the second inning. The 'Dogs took an early 1-0 lead after Austin Wynns crossed home plate from third by way of a Kevin Viers chopper down the third base line to score the game's first run.
Cal (6-7) scored its first run on its first hit of the ball game to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth. The Bears had runners in scoring position in each inning leading up to the fifth while the lead-off runner had also reached base in four of the first five innings.
Fresno State starting pitcher William Munro was relieved in the fifth after 5.2 innings of work after the right-hander allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts and six walks.
The 'Dogs answered the Bears first score in the next frame and took the lead right back, 2-1, after Viers drove in his 2nd RBI of the game. Ward reached on base earlier on a throwing error and put himself in scoring position by stealing second. Viers had just one RBI in season entering Thursday's game and Ward is now 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts.
Both squads had their most productive innings in the seventh as each team posted a pair of runs.
In the top half, the Chris Mariscal got things going with a standup double after Brody Russell struck-out leading off. Aaron Judge was intentionally walked and Trent Garrison made the Bears pay with a double to left-center to drive in Mariscal. Wynns picked up the sacrifice RBI on the next at bat to bring home Judge and give the 'Dogs a 4-1 advantage moving to the seventh inning stretch.
It was downhill from that point forward for the 'Dogs as the Bears scored the game's next four runs to hand Fresno State its ninth loss of the season.
The two teams will pair up once again on Friday with first pitch set for 1:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond on the campus of the University of California.
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