Bulldogs Bounce Back Against Highlanders
March 24, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State (13-10) rallied in the third inning to defeat UC Riverside 2-1 Saturday night at Pete Beiden Field. The Bulldogs' bullpen finished the night having given up zero earned runs.
Junior Justin Haley earned his third win of the year after tying a career-high seven innings pitched.
"Amazing," said Haley describing the win. "It's a great team win."
Haley (3-1) struck out eight Highlanders in the win.
UC Riverside went up 1-0 in the second inning before the 'Dogs responded in the third.
The pair moved into scoring position when a pitch got away from catcher Bart Steponovich. Mariscal then singled through the left side and scored both Tempel and Alvarez.
The 'Dogs held onto their 2-1 lead for the remainder of the game but Haley ran into trouble in the top of the seventh inning.
With two outs and runners on second and third, Haley intentionally walked Eddie Young to load the bases. He then struck Cody Hough out swinging on a 2-2 pitch.
"That's what we train him for," said head coach Mike Batesole. "We train them that your 20th pitch and your 120th pitch are the same in location and velocity. It's really hard to train for and we actually do and he did it."
Haley is nationally ranked in strikeouts and Fresno State leads the Western Athletic Conference in strikeouts per game.
Senior Thomas Harlan came in to close out the win. He pitched two scoreless innings, earning his first save of the year.
"Give Tommy credit for basically taking one for the team and giving up a start for tomorrow to come out today and do what he did," said Batesole. "That's really unselfish and that's putting the other 40 first. I love that. That's what team wins are made of."
The series will be determined in tomorrow's finale. The game time has been moved to 2:05 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at 559-278-3647.
"We Are Your Team!" Check out the action on game day from AM 940 KYNO, the flagship station for Bulldog baseball. Follow us on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).