Luplow, Pitching Sparks 'Dogs to Sweep
April 24, 2012
By Curtis Webb
By Curtis Webb
FRESNO, Calif. - Freshman outfielder Jordan Luplow picked a great night to notch his second three-hit game of the season, sparking Fresno State to a 3-2 win on Tuesday evening with his bat and his legs. The Bulldog pitching staff was near flawless, allowing only four hits to beat Cal Poly for the second time in eight days at Beiden Field.
"It's been a while since we had a really good win like this," said head coach Mike Batesole. "We made some nice calls and switches on defense; we had a couple good outs for RBIs."
Luplow ignited Fresno State's tie-breaking inning by beating out a groundball to third for an infield single with one out in the seventh. He promptly stole second base and advanced to third after Cal Poly catcher Chris Hoo's throw skipped into center field. After freshman infielder Chris Mariscal walked, Luplow scored on a Pat Hutcheson groundout for the go-ahead run.
The Bulldogs swept the season series versus Cal Poly after beating the Mustangs 5-3 on April 17 in San Luis Obispo. The `Dogs improved to 17-20 while Cal Poly fell to 22-17.
The first five innings featured a pitchers duel between Cal Poly starter Bryan Granger and four Fresno State hurlers. Tyler Linehan, Justin Haley, Cody Kendall and Tom Harlan limited the Mustangs to only one hit through the fifth.
"Our pitchers were locked in and attacked the zone well," Batesole said.
In the top of the second Haley provided some theatrics on the mound, dazzling on two plays with the glove. Twice he stopped sharp ground balls up the middle, the second of which he knocked down, scampered to and then flipped to first base for the out.
Senior Gene Escat worked 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball to earn the win--his first of the year--while Taylor Garrison went 1 1/3 for his ninth save. Fresno State pitchers allowed only two walks while striking out 10.
The Bulldogs tallied eight hits, two on perfect bunts by Luplow and Kenneth Wise.
Fresno State returns to action this weekend at Nevada for a three-game set. The opener is set to begin at 6 p.m. on 940 KYNO.
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