May 4, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Fresno State surrendered four runs on five hits in the first inning and were unable to dig out of the hole, falling 5-2 in the series finale against San Jose State on Sunday at Municipal Stadium.
Bulldogs' starter Derick Velazquez (3-5) was forced to face all nine Spartan batters in the lineup in the opening frame. Three of the five hits allowed in the first were infield singles; one was a two-run RBI double. The defense behind Velazquez did not do any favors, a strikeout wild pitch against the third batter was a potential out and the fifth Spartan batter of the inning laid down a safety squeeze, instead of going for the put-out at first, the 'Dogs attempted to catch the runner going home.
The Spartans tacked on one more in the second against Velazquez with a two-out RBI single. The 'Dogs went to Blake Quinn to close out the inning. San Jose State would not score again after the second inning.
Taylor Ward's leadoff single to centerfield in the fourth marked the first leadoff hit for the Bulldogs in the game, it proved to be productive as he went on to score the first run of the game for the Fresno State. Chris Mariscal and Manny Argomaniz reached on back-to-back bunt singles following Ward's at-bat, Argomaniz' was a safety squeeze RBI that scored Ward. Prior was the third straight Bulldog to lay down a bunt, his advanced Argomaniz to second and Mariscal to third. Jesse Medrano grounded into a productive out that scored Mariscal. The Bulldogs were within three after the top of the fourth.
The 'Dogs threatened to score again in the fifth as Trent Woodward and Brody Russell both reached base to lead off the inning. Jordan Luplow represented the tying run at the plate, he grounded into a double play and the momentum was seized.
It was not until the ninth inning that San Jose State had to face more than the minimum number of Bulldog batter's in an inning after the fifth. Austin Guibor and Jake Stone recorded back-to-back singles in the bottom of the ninth, but Fresno State was unable to extend the game.
Fresno State collected double-digit his in all three games of its series vs. San Jose State, on Sunday the 'Dogs recorded 10 hits for their two runs.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 25-24 on the season and 12-15 in Mountain West action. San Jose State claimed its first series win of the season to improve its record to 16-33 overall and 9-18 in MW play. With the loss Fresno State will need one more win to avoid the play-in game at the Mountain West tournament, or the Spartans to drop one game of their series at Air Force next weekend.
The Bulldogs will close out the road portion of their 2014 schedule on Wednesday at Bakersfield. Next weekend, Fresno State will be off before hosting the final four games of the regular season. The Bulldogs host Bakersfield on May 13 and close out the regular season vs. San Diego State, May 15-17.
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