March 29, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Austin Guibor provided the go-ahead two-RBI double in the seventh and Garrett Mundell closed the game with three perfect frames to secure Saturday night's 6-4 win against San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. With the win the Bulldogs knotted up series and force a rubber match slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. between the two schools that now own identical 6-4 records in the Mountain West standings.
"To fight our way back and get a W under these circumstances is fantastic", said head coach Mike Batesole. "San Diego State is arguably the best team in conference, and to get them at their own ball park is big for us."
Guibor's moment and Mundell's save opportunity would not have been possible without a dynamic two-out fifth inning rally that turned around the game and possibly the series for Fresno State.
Trailing 4-1 and facing two outs in the fifth, Trent Woodward, Kevin Viers and Brody Russell rallied for three consecutive singles to bring home three runs to tie the game at 4-4. Viers connected for an RBI single while Russell batted in two. Chris Mariscal scored after leading off the frame with a single.
With new life, the Bulldogs rallied with two outs once more in the seventh. It was Viers and Russell who reached base again, but with a pitching change that brought in right-hander Steven Pallares. Fresno State countered with the lefty Guibor in place of Manny Argomaniz.
Guibor took the first pitch fastball over the head of right fielder Spencer Thornton for the two-out two-RBI double that put Fresno State up 6-4.
"Austin [Guibor] hasn't got to hit much this season and to sit there for more than half a game and jump that first fastball and get it, was pretty special," added Batesole.
Mundell would ensure Guibor's heroics would not go wasted as the junior right-hander tossed three perfect innings following the seventh inning go-ahead score. Out of the nine batters he faced, he struck out four en route to earning his first save this season.
"That was as well as I've ever seen Mundell throw," Batesole said. "He commanded the zone very well."
Fresno State also rallied for the game's first run in the second that got started with a throwing error by third baseman Ty France that allowed Jesse Medrano to reach safely. Mariscal took the first pitch he saw to left field for a single to advance Medrano to second. Then Jordan Luplow followed with an opposite field line drive up against two outs and two strikes for his 20th RBI of the season to bring home Medrano.
SDSU answered in the home half of the second to tie the game. The Aztecs tacked on one more in the third and two more in the fourth. Argomaniz charged a ground ball to save the potential fifth run from scoring to limit the damage in the fourth.
At one point the Aztecs had eight hits to the Bulldogs two before the offense picked up steam. Fresno State out-hit SDSU 10-9 in the game with the aid of Mariscal, Viers and Russell all having two hits each.
RHP Jimmy Lambert (1-2, 4.82 ERA) is scheduled to get the nod Sunday, he will duel RHP Mark Seyler (4-2, 3.18 ERA). First pitch from Tony Gwynn Stadium on Sunday is 1 p.m.
"Road league wins are what championships are made and we haven't lost sight of that," Batesole added. "Tomorrow's a really big one for us."
"Catch the Wave" - 2014 Fresno State baseball season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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