April 27, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State capped a perfect week with a dominating 11-1 win over Air Force on Sunday afternoon at Beiden Field to sweep the three-game Mountain West Conference series and run their winning streak to five games.
The Bulldogs had beaten Cal (7-4) and Cal State Fullerton (2-1, 16 innings) in mid-week games as part of the unbeaten week of baseball.
''I think it's been the whole team clicking," freshman Manny Argomaniz said. "As they say, hitting is contagious and ever since we started our road trip in Reno as a team we've been hitting the ball really well. It's just kind of snowballing and going really well for us right now."
With the game tied 1-1 after three innings of play, the Fresno State bats took over from there. The Bulldogs would score 10 runs in the fourth through seventh innings to put the Falcons away.
It all started in the fourth with one out. Kevin Viers singled, followed by a double that landed right on the chalk down the left field line by Argomaniz. Then, Brody Russell laid down a squeeze bunt that scored Viers to give the `Dogs a 2-1 lead. After a strikeout for the second out, Austin Guibor hit a two-RBI single up the middle to score Argomaniz and Russell. One batter later, Jordan Luplow capped the inning with a two-RBI double to left and the lead was 6-1.
After an Argomaniz home run in the fifth, his second of the game and fourth of the season, the `Dogs put together another big inning in the sixth.
Luplow drove in his third run of the game with a sacrifice fly that pushed the lead up to 8-1 and then it was back to the two-out magic for the Fresno State hitters. Chris Mariscal and Kevin Viers each had two-out, run scoring singles that made it 10-1.
Luplow added an RBI-single in the seventh to cap his impressive series. The junior from Fresno finished the weekend 9-for-12 with seven RBI. Argomaniz was 3-for-5 with his first career multi-home run game.
"What I've seen is way more aggressive swings," Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said about Argomaniz. "Even his swings and misses, you can see he's airing it out. When he swings and misses you go, `Hey, don't throw that pitch again.' Since he's stopped being careful and stopped trying to push the ball to right field and just started letting it go, it's been good to have another bat in the middle of the order.
Fresno State pitching allowed just one run in each game of the weekend series. It is the least amount of runs the Bulldogs' pitching staff has given up in a three-game stretch since 2005.
The five-game winning streak will be put to the test when the Bulldogs travel to perennial power Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.
"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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