March 9, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
FRESNO, Calif. - Four Bulldogs notched multiple hits in Fresno State's 6-2 win over San Francisco Friday night at Beiden Field. The Bulldogs (7-7) also stole four bases in the contest. Fresno State is undefeated (3-0) under their home lights on Friday nights this season.
The Bulldogs put up three doubles, a triple and a home run in 10 hits against the Dons.
"The three best guys we've seen this year, we've done well against," said head coach Mike Batesole of the opposing pitching staffs. "We've seen some outstanding pitching all the way around. And that's why you schedule the way you schedule."
The win puts Batesole just nine W's away from reaching 600 for his career.
Sophomore Tyler Linehan continued his stellar performance on the mound, going 7.2 innings, striking out eight and walking only two en route to his second win of the season.
"It feels good," said Linehan of the win. "It's awesome to have a good defense behind you."
The southpaw has gone undefeated at home this year and leads the team with a 1.57 ERA.
Linehan gave up two early hits, but struck out three in the top of the first to start the game. He then went six hitless innings as the Bulldogs' bats came alive.
Freshman Chris Mariscal then singled up the middle and Luplow motored home for the first run of the game.
Senior Patrick Hutcheson advanced to first on a dropped third strike, allowing Mariscal to move to third after he stole second. Hutcheson took off running to second on the very next pitch, drawing the center fielder in on coverage. Junior Daniel Moultrie made the center fielder pay for the adjustment by smacking the ball deep to straightaway center. He cleared the bases with the second triple of his career as the ball rolled to the warning track, and gave the 'Dogs a 3-0 lead
"It always feels good to help out the team," said Moultrie. "We each had jobs to do and when you're able to do your job to help the team win, it always feels good."
The score would hold until the bottom of the fifth inning when junior Trent Garrison hit a double off the left center wall with one out. Sophomore Aaron Judge then singled to center and Garrison jumped on his horse to hustle around the bases. He slid in under the tag at home for his fifth run of the year.
Judge then stole second and third base during senior Kenneth Wise's at bat.
With a 2-2 count, Wise was hit in the box but was not given the base. San Francisco starter Kyle Zimmer then threw a fastball down the middle of the plate that Wise rocked cleanly over the right field fence for his first home run of the year, 20th in his career.
"We needed a run," said Wise of his at bat. "Just wanted to get Judge in."
Zimmer struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning, but the damage was done as the Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead heading into the seventh inning.
Zimmer, who had a 0.60 ERA coming into the game, went six innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, four of which were for extra bases, before he was replaced by Sheldon Lee in the seventh inning.
Lee only went one inning but held the 'Dogs off the board and gave San Francisco momentum heading into the eighth.
The Dons jumped on early pitches in the count to put the first two batters on base. Hutcheson then pulled down a line drive from Jason Mahood and caught Bob Cruishank sleeping on a large lead from second to turn the 'Dogs second double play of the game. Fresno State, who has turned 13 double plays this season, was second in the Western Athletic Conference in two-for-ones coming into the contest.
San Francisco used back-to-back doubles to bring two runs across and end the shutout. Freshman Garrett Mundell was called in to relieve Linehan with two outs and a runner on second.
Pinch hitter Brendan Hendriks swung on the first pitch and singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. But Mundell struck out Mason Morioka looking on a 2-2 pitch to get out of the jam.
"We played outstanding defense," said Batesole. "It looks like this is going to be the identity of this team. Pitching and playing defense."
Fresno State committed zero errors for the second straight game.
"It is definitely great for our team and our young defense," said Hutcheson of the accomplishment. "It was just a great all-around effort by everybody."
The 'Dogs tried to rally a few more runs in the bottom of the eighth with new pitcher Logan West on the mound. After Wynns advanced on a dropped third strike, Hutcheson doubled to center on the first pitch. But West survived the jam and the Bulldogs sent for sophomore J.D. Salles to close the night. The Clovis West grad gave up no hits, no walks and struck out one to end the game.
The series continues tomorrow night (Mar. 10) at 6:05 p.m. Fans can purchase season and single-game tickets online or by calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at 559-278-3647.
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