Munro's Gem Ends Skid
March 18, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif.- William Munro was dominant on the mound in throwing a complete game shutout and received plenty of run support from his offense, as Fresno State (14-7) ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-0 win over California (10-9) on Tuesday night at Beiden Field.
"This is a good team," said head coach Mike Batesole. "You don't get to be 13-4 against the people we're playing. We got there by playing solid defense and pitching, and we needed to get back to that today. It was good see these guys get back to that."
It was the Bulldogs' first win over the Bears out of the Pac-12 Conference since 2004. In that time, Cal had won eight straight in the series, including a four-game sweep in Berkeley last season.
Munro, a junior out of San Marcos, Calif., allowed just three hits and struck out six. He retired 16 of the final 17 hitters he faced and allowed just one hit in his final six innings of work. After seeing a runner reach second base in each of the first two innings, the right-hander didn't allow a Bear runner to get past first.
"We were just hoping to get five [innings] out of him," Batesole said. "The only thing I was looking for from the fifth inning on was as soon as the ball got up [in the zone] he was out. He was throwing knees and shins all the way to the ninth, and as long as he does that he can stay in."
It was Munro's longest outing of his career. His previous best came last season when he went 7 1/3 innings against No. 15 Stanford in a dual against eventual No. 1 overall draft pick Mark Appel.
Fresno State got on the board early to give Munro all the runs he would need. With two outs in the bottom of the first with Brody Russell at third base, Trent Woodward hit a one-hopper to first baseman Devon Rodriguez who booted the ball. That allowed Russell to score and the Bulldogs had a quick 1-0 lead in the opening frame.
In the third, Jordan Luplow extended the lead by hitting his team-leading fourth home run of the year. The opposite field blast carried just over the wall and just over the leaping Derek Campbell to make it 2-0. The homer for Luplow extended his hitting-streak to 17 games. Fresno State tacked on another run in the third on a RBI-double by Kevin Viers.
Single runs crossed the plate in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings for Fresno State to provide the final margin. But the story was Munro. He improved to 2-0 on the year and lowered his ERA to 1.75, having allowed only five earned runs in his 25.2 innings of work.
Fresno State is back in action Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. when they host BYU in another midweek contest. The Cougars come to town with a 7-14 record after being swept by conference-foe San Diego at home over the weekend.
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