April 1, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team split a pair of games with New Mexico on Sunday, losing 7-1 in the first, but bounced back to win the second game 4-3 at Pete Beiden Field.
The Bulldogs (14-13) used a strong pitching performance by Tom Harlan, who went 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, and Taylor Garrsion worked 1 2/3 innings to pick up his sixth save of the season.
In the bottom half of the fifth, the Bulldogs took the lead when Jordan Luplow singled to left field, scoring Taylor Tempel and Judge. With two strikes on the count, head coach Mike Batesole took a timeout to talk with Luplow before he delivered the two RBI hit.
"Rarely do you do that," Batesole said. "In fact, that's the first offensive time out we've used all year. I just wanted to make sure with two strikes that his brain was clear. With these freshman especially, you have to really coach them up and walk them through a lot of things. That was a nice stroke he put on it.
Wynns finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI and Luplow went 1-for-2 with two RBI.
New Mexico 7, Fresno State 1
In the first game Sunday, the Bulldogs resumed Saturday's game in the top of the fourth inning, trailing 2-1. The Lobos added to the lead with one run in the fifth and three in the sixth inning, eventually leading to the 7-1 win.
Justin Haley started the game for the Bulldogs on Saturday, giving up two runs in 3 1/3 innings. Freshman Garrett Mundell started the resumed game on Sunday, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run.
Offensively, Jordan Luplow hit his first career home run, a solo shot in the bottom of the third inning Saturday afternoon. Jordan Brink finished the game 2-for-4.
The Bulldogs hit the road for four games this week, beginning Tuesday at Santa Clara and then begin WAC play at Hawaii, beginning Thursday night.
"We've got some things to clean up," Batesole concluded. "One thing we have is we have won a couple of games. We're seven and four in the last 11. Maybe this little shake up can get us rocking and rolling on Tuesday and take a little momentum. We could be 8 and 4 rolling into league. That's playing pretty good baseball."
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