Brink's Monster Performance Overshadowed by Loss
March 28, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Fresno State starting pitcher Jordan Brink took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and went on to work seven scoreless in a one-hit bid, leaving the Bulldogs six outs away from stealing the series opening win from San Diego State. With the Bulldogs grasping to a 1-0 lead late, SDSU rallied for two runs in the eighth to catapult them to a 2-1 win over Fresno State Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
On much of what's plagued Fresno State (15-11, 5-5 MW) in 2014, Brody Russell scored the game's first run by virtue of a couple miscues by the Aztecs in the second inning. Following a leadoff double by Russell, he moved to third on a throwing error to second on a failed pickoff attempt, and advanced home on a wild pitch. All while Jake Stone stood in the batter's box without having to swing the bat.
San Diego State (20-6, 6-4 MW) did not see a runner reach the base until Steven Pollares drew Brink's first walk of the game in the third. In all, Brink surrendered eight bases on balls through seven complete innings, although none would pay dividends for SDSU. Brink may have worked the hardest in his final inning, the seventh. Despite loading the bases on walks, Brink struck out Tim Zier for the third out, standing all three runners on base. Brink struck two out in the seventh and five for the game.
The Bulldogs were unable to keep the Aztecs at bay the next inning with Derick Velazquez at the mound in the eighth. The Aztecs rallied for two runs off of three singles. SDSU collected more hits in the eighth than they had produced the entire game.
The eighth inning rally would be all the Aztecs would need as they left the Mountain West saves leader, Michael Cederoth, with the save opportunity. The `Dogs would not go down without a fight as Chris Mariscal was able to strike for an infield single before Taylor Ward lifted the third out about 10 feet short of the right field fence to end the threat. Cederoth earned his 10th save.
Orlando Meza (1-0) picked up the win while Velazquez (2-3) was charged with the loss.
Six different Bulldogs posted hits. Jordan Luplow owned the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-5. His second hit was his 10th double of the season, a team-best.
Despite the Bulldogs' offensive productivity, out hitting SDSU 7-4, Fresno State stranded 11 runners with the most costly occurrence in the seventh when they had bases loaded for the first and only time of the game.
The series resumes Saturday at 6 p.m. Tim Borst (1-1, 3.27 ERA) is scheduled to face off against Mike RoBards (2-3, 5.03 ERA).
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