Fresno State Falls Short, 5-1
March 23, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State fell to UC Riverside 5-1 Friday night at Pete Beiden Field. This was the first Friday night loss the Bulldogs (12-10) have had this season. They are 5-1 in series openers at home.
Sophomore Austin Wynns extended his hit streak to six after hitting his seventh double of the year. He has hit doubles in each of the past five games and has a .359 slugging percentage .
"[UC Riverside's] offense just hit the balls where we weren't," said Wynns of the loss. "And their pitcher, we tip our hats to him, he kept us off balance."
The Highlander's starter Dylan Stuart pitched a complete game giving up just one run off six hits.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Vince Gonzalez reached on an error to load the bases. The next batter singled to short, scoring a run and starting the Highlanders rally. The Bulldogs caught Cody Hough trying to grab an extra base to get out of the inning, but not before four runs came across for UC Riverside.
Junior Daniel Moultrie came in to pinch hit for the 'Dogs in the bottom of the eighth inning and led off with a double to left center. He advanced to third on a ground out to second by the next batter and was knocked in by freshman Chris Mariscal to end the shutout.
Mariscal leads the team in RBI with 13.
Sophomore Tyler Linehan received the loss after going 7.1 innings, striking out four and giving up just one earned run.
The series continues tomorrow night, March 24 at 6:05 p.m.
"Tomorrow's a new day," said Wynns. "We just have to come out with a plan as a team and just execute all our team at bats."
David Carr and Bear Pascoe of the National Champion New York Giants will be in attendance at game two of the series. Two lucky fans and a guest will get to meet the former Bulldogs. Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at 559-278-3647.
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