March 17, 2013
By: Curtis Webb
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team dropped the rubber game of its first Mountain West conference series 4-2 to San Diego State on Sunday afternoon at Beiden Field.
The 'Dogs outhit the Aztecs 11-6 in the final contest of the three-game set, with four players tallying multi-hit games.
San Diego State struck first in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead. However, the 'Dogs responded in the bottom half of the inning when sophomore outfielder Jordan Brink stroked a ground-rule double to left-center, scoring Kevin Viers.
Junior infielder Jake Alvarez sparked the Bulldogs in the bottom of the fourth with a perfect push-bunt single between the pitcher and first base. Alvarez later scored on freshman designated hitter Viers' sacrifice fly to center and put Fresno State ahead 2-1.
Sophomore right-hander William Munro escaped trouble in the top of the sixth. With a San Diego State runner on third and nobody out, Munro got two Aztecs to fly out to center and right field, respectively, before inducing an inning-ending fielder's choice ground out to second.
But in the top of the seventh, Aztecs right fielder Steven Pallares shot a triple into the right center gap to drive in a runner from first and knot the score a two runs apiece. SDSU designated hitter Mitch Bluman singled to left one batter later, plating Pallares and pulling the Aztecs in front while knocking Munro from the game.
In a bizarre turn of events, the Bulldogs had a run taken off the scoreboard after San Diego State appealed that senior first baseman Trent Garrison had left early from third base prior to a potential game-tying sacrifice fly.
Fresno State will hit the road beginning Tuesday, March 19, in a 6 p.m. game at Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
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