Triples, Clutch Pitching Propel 'Dogs to DH Sweep
Jordan Brink dashed his way in the multiple record books on Friday in helping lead Fresno State to two wins over Air Force.
Jordan Brink dashed his way in the multiple record books on Friday in helping lead Fresno State to two wins over Air Force.
April 19, 2013

Box Score (Game 1)

Box Score (Game 2)

By @StephenTrembley

FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State baseball team knew it has an opportunity to make up some ground in the Mountain West race with five conference games at Beiden Field this weekend and the Bulldogs made a Friday statement in beating Air Force 9-4 and 8-5 in the first of two doubleheaders.

"You saw us run a lot today, you saw us bunt a lot today and were just forcing the issue," Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said. "We haven't been given a lot of second chances, so when we got first chances, we were going to do something right away."

The wins move Fresno State (10-24, 5-10 Mountain West) into fifth place in the MW standings while Air Force (10-25, 4-11 MW) drops to sixth.

"Offensively, it was a fantastic execution for 16 innings," Batesole said. "You put a lot of pressure on defense when you execute like that. We kept fighting back."

Bulldogs' sophomore Jordan Brink, who entered the first game as a pinch hitter, slugged his way into the record books with two triples in the first game to tie the Mountain West and school single-game record for most triples in a game, and added his third of the day in the nightcap.

Brink finished 5-for-6 at the plate with the three triples, four RBI, two runs scored and 11 total bases. His slugging percentage in the two games was 1.833.

Brink was also one of four Bulldogs to post at least four hits in the two victories. Austin Wynns, Chris Mariscal and Jordan Luplow were the other three.



Junior Aaron Judge crushed his sixth home run of the season and joined Wynns as the two Preseason All-Americans each scored four times on the day.

"It's a great two wins for our team," Judge said. "Jordan came out there with three triples tonight and had a great performance. We just have to keep going out there and performing, and taking it one pitch at a time."

The Bulldogs' Derick Velazquez (3-2) and Garrett Mundell (1-4) earned the wins on the hill with Velazquez tossing a complete-game in the designated seven-inning early game.

Mundell threw the final 2.1 scoreless innings of the night game to pick up his first win this year.

Fresno State and Air Force will return to the diamond for the team's second doubleheader in as many days on Saturday at Beiden Field with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. PT.

GAME 1 - Fresno State 9, Air Force 4
Derick Velazquez threw a complete game and Jordan Brink came off the bench to hit two triples and drive in three runs as the Bulldogs took game 1 of their Friday doubleheader with Air Force 9-4.

Brink pinch hit in the top of the fifth and drove a ball into the right-center gap for his first triple to drive in Austin Wynns and Chris Mariscal. In the seventh, Brink drilled his second triple to the left-center gap to drive in Aaron Judge.

Velazquez struck out four and scattered nine hits over his seven innings to pick up his third win of the season.

GAME 2 - Fresno State 8, Air Force 5
The top six hitters in the `Dogs lineup accounted for 13 of the 16 hits on their way to an 8-5 win over the Falcons to sweep the doubleheader.

For the second straight game, Brink played a huge role offensively. The sophomore from Fresno had three hits, including another triple, and drove in a run and scored once.

Judge hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season as part of a three-run second inning.

Brink scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh when he scored from third on an error by Air Force.

Fresno State received 7.2 innings of strong relief pitching from Tim Borst, Will Munro and Garrett Mundell.

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