March 11, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State extended its' winning streak to three games with a 13-3 rout of Penn State behind a 17-hit attack in the opening game of a weeklong five-game homestand.
The Bulldogs wasted no time getting the offensive onslaught going.
Chris Mariscal picked up where he left off last Sunday at Air Force, leading off with a hit to open the game to continue his hot streak. Mariscal scored the games first run with the aid of a double down the left field line by Trent Woodward. Taylor Ward plated Jordan Luplow with a sacrifice fly and the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and never looked back.
Assisted by a throwing error in the fourth by the Nittany Lions, Taylor Tempel scored the first of three runs in the fourth after ripping a double to left field to be the first Bulldog to reach base in the frame. Ryan Dobson reached second on the play that was scored a fielders choice as the ball sailed high over the first baseman's head. Mariscal plated Dobson for his fourth RBI of the season. Brody Russell hit his first double of the season on the next at bat to bring around Mariscal from second.
Fresno State opened its lead up to 6-0 in fifth on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Austin Guibor.
Penn State scored all three of its runs in the top of the sixth as freshman Fred Schlichtholz worked on the mound in his first collegiate appearance. J.J White launched a 1-2 offering over the left field wall with two runners on base that had reached on back-to-back singles to open the inning.
The Bulldogs exploded for six more runs in the eighth to put the game in hand. Mariscal ripped his first home run of 2014 with shot that hit the scoreboard in left field to start the scoring barrage.
Mariscal went 4-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs scored on the night. Over the last two games Mariscal has gone 8-for-11 (.727) at the plate.
Freshman Dillon Houser picked up his first career win in 2.0 innings of work, allowing just one hit while Schlichtholz earned his first career save.
Starter Garrett Mundell threw three scoreless innings to open the game. The junior surrendered one hit and struck out four.
Fresno State will be back in action Wednesday to wrap up its two-game set with Penn State. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.
"Catch the Wave" - 2014 Fresno State baseball season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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