Four-Run Seventh Dooms Diamond 'Dogs
March 15, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - The New Mexico Lobos used a late surge to propel them to a 6-2 win over the Fresno State baseball team Saturday afternoon at Beiden Field. With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped back-to-back games at home for the first time in 2014.
The game was held scoreless through the first six innings. Fresno State starting pitcher Jimmy Lambert (1-2) cruised through all six, allowing four hits while striking out two in what appeared to be his best outing of the season. The freshman tossed three hitless frames and got out of the fourth needing just six pitches.
"As well as Jimmy pitched he could of kept going past the seventh or eighth inning if we would have scored some runs for him," said head coach Mike Batesole.
New Mexico broke through in the seventh, scoring four runs on five hits and one error. The Bulldogs allowed three consecutive singles to lead the inning followed by a fielder's choice. Of the four that reached on consecutive at bats, all four rounded the bases to register the games first four runs.
"One good thing leads to another," said Batesole. "And sometimes it snow balls on you the other way too."
The Bulldogs went to the bullpen following the third single allowed by Lambert. Casey Rodriguez worked 0.2 innings while Garrett Mundell secured the final out of the inning that ultimately decided Saturday's game.
Fresno State responded with a run in the home half of the seventh and tacked on one more in the ninth after the Lobos plated two more in the top of the ninth.
The offense that has been carrying Fresno State over the past few games had opportunities early on to post run support for Lambert. Through the first four innings the Bulldogs left nine runners on base without scoring a run.
The series finale is Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Sophomore Tim Borst (1-0, 3.38) is set to face off against the Lobos' senior Josh Walker (2-1, 3.56).
"This is the first series we are not going to win all year," added Batesole. "We are going to have to regroup in the morning. If we win we're 14-6, 6-3 and away we go. Tomorrow's a big day."
The Bulldogs will be wearing their commemorative St. Patrick's Day caps in honor of the holiday on Monday.
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