April 30, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FULLERTON, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton jumped out in front early and cruised past the Bulldogs on Wednesday night, snapping Fresno State's five-game winning streak with an 8-1 loss at Goodwin Field.
The Titans opened the contest in the first inning by reaching safely with their first five batters of the game, the first four all reached home to put the 'Dogs in a 4-0 hole to get started on the road.
Fullerton followed up the first with two more runs in the second, knocking Fresno State starting pitcher Jimmy Lambert out of the game after 1.2 innings of work. The freshman pitcher surrendered six runs on seven hits in his ninth start of 2014.
Trent Woodward and Jordan Luplow connected for a pair of back-to-back two-out hits in the top half of the third to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. Woodward singled and Luplow registered his team-leading 37th RBI and 17th double of the season on the play.
Reliever Blake Quinn settled the game down, holding Fullerton scoreless over the next 2.1 innings of his outing.
Fresno State used six pitchers on a staff night, no pitcher pitched longer than Quinn. William Munro was charged with an earned run in the sixth and Fred Schlichtholz was charged with another in seventh as the Titans tacked on two late runs after exploding for six over the first two innings,
The Bulldogs collected seven hits Wednesday night, their lowest output in nine games. The defense was errorless for the fifth straight game.
Luplow, the Mountain West's leading hitter (.381), led Fresno State as he went 2-for-4 from the plate along with the Bulldogs' sole RBI.
Fresno State will return to Mountain West play on Friday at San Jose State. The three-game series gets started from Municipal Field at 6 p.m. for the opener while both games on Saturday and Sunday will be played at 1 p.m.
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