March 16, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State (9-9) battled through the rain Friday night at Pete Beiden Field against CSU Bakersfield and came away with a 2-1 win. Freshman Taylor Tempel made the most of his second collegiate start, going 2-for-3 with one run scored.
"We pitched well," said head coach Mike Batesole. "Use your speed to play great defense and make clutch pitches when you have to. That's a nice recipe for a Friday night win against a very good pitcher."
The Bulldogs faced off against Roadrunner starter Jeff McKenzie for over six innings. The game remained scoreless until the Bulldogs jumpstarted their offense in the fifth.
Tempel attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt to advance fellow freshman Jordan Brink to second. But the speed of Tempel beat the throw by McKenzie and the 'Dogs had two runners on with no outs.
Sophomore Jake Alvarez laid down a bunt single to first base to load the bases and senior Patrick Hutcheson sacrifice flew out to center allowing Brink to score. A bad throw by the centerfielder gave both Tempel and Alvarez a chance to advance into scoring position on the play.
Freshman Chris Mariscal then sacrifice flew out to center and Tempel sprinted home to score the 'Dogs second and eventual gamewining run.
The Roadrunners responded in the sixth inning. Cael Brockmeyer led off with a single through the right side. DC Legg doubled down the left field line and Brockmeyer came around to score, ending the shutout.
The defense then retired the next three batters to get out of the inning, but ran into trouble in the seventh. With two outs and the bases loaded, Linehan struck out Legg for a third time to get out of the jam.
"We got in trouble with a couple walks, but when [Linehan] needed to make a big pitch, he was there for it," added Batesole.
Garrison came in to close in the top of the eighth for Linehan. After getting the first batter to ground out to short, he sat the next two down swinging.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, junior Austin Wynns hit his third double of the year to right center, but was left on base after the next batter grounded out to second.
JP Maestas struck out looking for the Roadrunners second out of the ninth inning, bringing up Oscar Sanay, the number three hitter. The sophomore came into the game hitting .361 and had already singled twice. Representing the tying run, Sanay fouled off three straight pitches from Garrison before taking ball three and working to a full count. But Garrison got him swinging on the next pitch to end the game.
"[Sanay] was some kind of hitter," said Batesole. "That was the 31st at bat he's had against us and the first time we've struck him out. Both Linehan and Garrison, when they needed to make pitches, they made big ones."
With inclement weather moving into the Valley, the status of the series' next game is up in the air. Weather permitting, the series will continue tomorrow night at 6:05 p.m.
"When I looked before the game," started Batesole, "it was 100 percent rain for tomorrow. I don't know if that has changed or not. We'll play it by ear, but we'll plan on playing."
The Bulldogs anticipate throwing junior Justin Haley to start against the Roadrunners on Saturday.
"Haley's been throwing the ball well," said Batesole. "He threw the ball very well against Stanford and with the starts, he handled that well. We'll see if he can keep moving forward."
The reigning Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, Haley held San Francisco without an earned run for 7.0 innings and struck out a career-high nine batters in the process.
Linehan (3-1) and the Bulldogs remained undefeated at home on Friday nights. McKenzie earned the loss after giving up two runs on seven hits.
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