March 15, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. – Tyler Linehan led the Fresno State baseball team with a complete game shutout on Friday night to give the ’Dogs a 1-0 win over San Diego State in the opening game of their inaugural Mountain West Conference series.
Linehan entered Friday night’s game as the Bulldogs most experienced pitcher, although he was without a start in the 2013 season. Linehan shined in his debut as he retired all 27 outs for the Bulldogs without allowing a run. The left-hander struck out seven while allowing eight hits and two walks in nine innings pitched.
“Tonight felt good,” said Linehan. “It helps when you have a great defense behind you. [Austin] Wynns stuck with me the whole game, when I was struggling, he would get me back on it.”
The ‘Dogs picked up its first Friday night win against the Aztecs since facing UC Santa Barbara on opening night (Feb. 15) and may have found its man at Beiden Field tonight.
“One of the things that have been missing is the Friday night guy that can match up with their Friday night guy,” said head coach Mike Batesole. “That’s what we got tonight.”
“We cleaned up some things with his arm and he had a long bullpen session with [Steve] Rousey. They made some nice adjustments and when a kid puts his heart into making adjustments you have to play him around.”
Fresno State (4-12, 1-0) battled all night long against a San Diego State (7-11, 0-1) pitching staff that allowed just one run across the plate. Aztec starter Michael Cederoth went 7.0 innings and surrendered eight hits and one earned run to the ’Dogs in the sixth inning.
In the sixth, Austin Wynns started a two out rally for Fresno State with a single to right field and Chris Mariscal followed with single through the left side to advance Wynns to second. The next at bat would prove to decide the game as Taylor Ward doubled to left field for the RBI as it brought Wynns around to score. Mariscal was tagged out at third on the play to retire the inning but the damage was done.
“This is what we needed,” said Wynns. “A little step forward, now we just have to keep it going.”
Fresno State will face the Aztecs for game two of the three-game series on Saturday night at 6:35 p.m.
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