May 2, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
SAN JOSE, Calif.- Despite its best efforts for a ninth inning rally, the Fresno State baseball team fell short in the series opener at San Jose State on Friday night 3-2. With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 24-23 and 11-14 in Mountain West play while the Spartans improve to 15-32 and 8-17 in conference action.
Trailing 3-1 in the ninth, Manny Argomaniz and Brody Russell opened the inning with back-to-back singles to put the 'Dogs in position for a rally. With runners on first and second with no outs, Jesse Medrano laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. With that, Fresno State knocked San Jose State starting pitcher Kalei Contrades out of the game after 8.1 innings of work, falling just short of his first complete game this season.
With the top of the order back around for the 'Dogs, the Spartans sent Myles Richard to the mound. Friday's leadoff hitter, Trent Woodward, was induced into a sacrifice fly that brought home pinch runner Jake Alvarez from third, bringing Fresno State within one, 3-2. Russell represented the tying run at second base with Jake Stone at-bat facing the final out. Richard picked up his second save of the season with a game-ending strikeout and earned Contrades his third win of the season.
Chris Mariscal drew a two-out walk in the top of the fourth that turned into the game's first run. Argomaniz singled and Brody Russell came through with an RBI single that went down the left field line, just inside the third base bag, allowing Mariscal to score from second.
As soon as Fresno State had the lead, they lost it in the home half of the fourth, aided by a leadoff walk to Sheldon Daquioag by Bulldogs' starter Tim Borst. The Spartans pushed the lead walk across the plate with a sacrifice bunt followed by an RBI single by Matt Carroll that scored Daquioag from second base.
Borst (3-3) worked out of a jam in the fourth, allowing just the one run, although the Spartans loaded the bases again in the sixth and struck for two runs that would ultimately win the game. Casey Rodriguez was faced with the task of entering the game with the bases loaded and one out, ending Borst's day. The left-hander surrendered a two-run single that gave the Spartans the lead. Garrett Mundell would finish out the inning and go on to work the remainder of the game.
Fresno State registered 10 hits on a night that they scored only one run. Jordan Luplow, Woodward, Argomaniz and Russell each posted a two-hit game. Taylor Ward and Medrano notched the other two hits.
Luplow's two hits upped his season batting average to a Mountain West best .383 and to an astounding .464 average in 25 MW games. He connected for a single through the left side in the fifth, increasing his streak of multi-hit games to five. His double in the first was his team-leading 18th on the season.
The series resumes on Saturday at 1 p.m. RHP Jordan Brink (3-2, 2.77 ERA) is scheduled to face off against LHP Jonathan Hernandez (0-5, 4.67 ERA).
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