April 22, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team returned to Beiden Field Tuesday night, ending a seven-road game trip, to host California for the second time this season. The Bulldogs' offense picked up where it left off in Nevada as they jumped on the Bears for seven runs over the first four innings. Fresno State would ride those seven runs to a 7-4 win, putting a cap on a two-game regular season sweep of its Pac-12 foe.
For the first time in the last four games, Fresno State surrendered the games first run as California's Lucas Erceg led of the second with a solo home run to right field after a scoreless first.
In the home half of the second, Chris Mariscal returned the favor with the very first pitch of the inning, sending his fourth homer run of the season over the left field wall to erase the Bears lead. Manny Argomaniz, Ryan Dobson and Austin Guibor each chipped in a single in part of a four hit, three run second inning. Guibor picked up an RBI, scoring Argomaniz, while Dobson advanced home thanks to a wild pitch.
Fresno State tacked on one more run in the third before and the Bears slimmed the lead back to two, 4-2, in the top half of the fourth.
As the game went back-and-forth, the Bulldogs opened up the game with a three-run two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-2 advantage. Gubior lifted his second home run in the last five days against a full count to score the first run. Following Guibor's homer, the Bears loaded the bases for the second inning in a row on either base on balls or a hit-by-pitch. The next five at bats amounted to four walks and one hit-by-pitch. Fresno State scored the final two runs without swinging the bat.
Cal got two of the three runs back the next frame as they began the inning with a double, followed by a RBI-triple then a sacrifice fly against the 'Dogs new pitcher Dillon Houser in relief of starter Blake Quinn.
In his first start since February 19 and first appearance since April 4, Quinn worked four complete innings and struck out six batters that put Fresno State in position to win the game.
"[Quinn] didn't make the last two road trips, because he's been struggling," Coach Mike Batesole said. "He came out today and his first two pitches were shin high and I knew there ... sometimes it takes all kinds of things to shake a guy up, wake a guy up, and you don't make a road trip, that might be one of them that does it."
Garrett Mundell worked the final 3.2 inning of the game to earn his third win of the season in relief. Mundell allowed just one hit and did not allow a runner past first base in that span. He struck out four and walked two.
Alex Martinez (0-3) was charged with the loss in 3.2 inning of work. Martinez surrendered seven earned runs and five hits to the Bulldogs to open Tuesday night's game.
Fresno State (20-21) is back in action Wednesday night at Beiden Field to take on Cal State Fullerton (18-16) for the first time since 2010. RHP William Munro (2-1, 3.52 ERA) is the tentative starter while RHP Phil Bickford (3-2, 3.28 ERA) is expected to throw for the Titans.
"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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