March 12, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team manufactured back-to-back five run outbursts in the second and third innings to run away 12-1 over Penn State in convincing fashion Wednesday night at Beiden Field. With the win, the Bulldogs secured a two-game midweek sweep of the Nittany Lions from the Big Ten conference.
"I like the way we came out aggressively," said head coach Mike Batesole. "We got some productive outs and some bunts down and a couple for sac flies, pretty much a mirror image of last night. Like I've said, if you get production from your hits and production from your outs, you have a chance to score some runs."
Fresno State (13-4, 5-1 MW) did not waste any time getting production from behind the dish. Junior Chris Mariscal continued his hot-streak with a leadoff single to open the game. Then junior Jordan Luplow recorded the first of five RBIs on the night with a double to left center to bring home Mariscal for the game's first run. The `Dogs were on the board leading 1-0 three batters into the game, setting the tone for the remainder of the game.
The offensive onslaught poured on in the second and third innings. 19 batters stepped foot inside the batter's box during the two innings that produced 10 runs and eight hits for Fresno State. Highlighted by 3-run bomb over the left field fence by Luplow in the third, his second of the season.
Luplow finished 2-for-2 with five RBIs, a sacrifice fly and one run scored. The junior outfielder is on a tear, batting .500 (10-20) over the last five games with a .850 slugging percentage. He extended his hitting streak to 13 games in the win.
His counterpart Mariscal is batting .750 (9-for12) since going 0-for-5 in the opening game over the weekend at Air Force. Tonight, he was 1-for-1 with one RBI and a run scored.
Trent Woodward tacked on one more in the eighth as he registered his first home run of the season and first at Fresno State.
The Diamond `Dogs have pieced together three-straight games with double-digit runs and now take a four-game win streak heading into their conference match up versus New Mexico.
"You can't look ahead," added Batesole. "If we had been looking ahead, tonight could have been whole lot different. You got to stay with it each day. Now we'll sit down and move on to New Mexico."
Fresno State's series versus the Lobos starts Friday night, first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m. Over the weekend, the Bulldogs play two afternoon games, Saturday at 2:05 p.m. while the finale on Sunday is set for 1:05 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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