Six-Run First Drives 'Dogs Past Northridge
April 8, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State offense exploded for six runs in the first inning and never looked back as they cruised to an 8-2 win against Cal State Northridge Tuesday night at Beiden Field. With the win the Bulldogs improve to 18-15 while the Matadors of the Big West conference drop to 13-19.
The midweek lineup featured a shuffled cast that had Trent Woodward leading off for the first time this season. The adjustment paid dividends early as Woodward forced Northridge starter Calvin Copping into a five pitch walk to start the game.
Brody Russell squared down a sacrifice bunt during the next at-bat, Matadors' third baseman Nicolas Osuna could not field the bunt cleanly and the 'Dogs had two aboard quickly. On the ensuing at-bat, Luplow swung at the first pitch thrown to him and drove the ball to left field on a line, Woodward rounded third and the 'Dogs were on the scoreboard after three at-bats.
Next in line, Tuesday's clean-up hitter, Taylor Ward plated Russell from second base with a bloop RBI-single. The 'Dogs led 2-0 and matched their run total against UNLV over the weekend after their first four at-bats against Matadors.
Chris Mariscal, the 'Dogs primary lead-off hitter, batted No. 5, he laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Luplow and Ward to second and third. After Viers drew a walk to load the bases, Manny Argomaniz slapped a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Luplow. Fresno State went ahead 3-0 with two outs.
Austin Guibor, yet again, came up with a clutch pinch-hit at-bat. After Jake Stone was hit with a pitch to load the bases again, Guibor delivered a bases clearing triple to the left field gap. In all, the Bulldogs sent 10 to the batter's box in the first inning and faced two different CSUN pitchers.
Northridge plated two runs in the top of the second to bring the game within four, but the Bulldogs would tack on one more in the second and another in the third to give Fresno State an 8-2 advantage after three complete innings.
William Munro started Tuesday's game, he surrendered two earned runs in 1.1 innings of work. The Bulldogs' bullpen held Northridge scoreless and allowed just three hits over the next 7.2 innings. Dillon Houser (2-0) worked the longest in middle relief, 2.2 innings, and was credit with the win.
The Bulldogs hit the road next for its longest road trip of the season that takes place over spring break. The first of seven consecutive road games starts Friday night at New Mexico. Following a three-game series against the Lobos, the 'Dogs play a midweek game on April 15 at Pacific, then move on to Reno to face Nevada for three games from April 17-19. Fresno State returns to Beiden Field on April 22 to take on California for the second of two midweek games at home this season vs the Bears.
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