May 11, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
LAS CRUCES, N.M. --- The Fresno State baseball team earned a Friday doubleheader split with New Mexico State by posting a 12-2 victory in game one before falling 2-1 in 12 innings in game two.
The Bulldogs and Aggies will wrap up the Western Athletic Conference series on Saturday with first pitch slated for 12:05 p.m. PT on AM 940 KYNO.
Game 1 - Fresno State 12, New Mexico State 2
Fresno State pummeled New Mexico State 12-2 in its Western Athletic Conference series opener in Las Cruces behind the power of Aaron Judge's fourth homer of the season and four RBI off the bat of Chris Mariscal.
Fresno State sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Linehan went the distance for his first complete of the season and picked up his fourth victory of the year. Linehan retired ten straight and 14 of 15 Aggies at one point, and finished with seven strikeouts.
The Bulldogs took advantage early by scoring five times and batting around in the top of the first.
The first run came in on a bases-loaded walk to Bulldog catcher Austin Wynns issued by NMSU southpaw Ryan Beck, who also hit Kenny Wise a batter later and gave up a bases-clearing three RBI double to Chris Mariscal, for the 5-0 lead.
The 'Dogs added another in seventh when Judge blasted the solo shot into the trees past the left field fence and scored three more runs over the final two frames for the ten-run victory.
Game 2 - New Mexico State 2, Fresno State 1 (12 innings)
In the Bulldogs' longest game the season, Fresno State suffered the 2-1 loss when New Mexico State's Zach Voight launched a leadoff walk-home solo home in the 12th inning.
In a rare pitcher's duel at Presley Askew Field, which is known as a hitter's park, the three combined runs by Fresno State and NMSU were the lowest in an Aggie home game this season.
Bulldog starter Justin Haley pitched seven strong frames to open the game and posted nine strikeouts and did not allow a run. He was in line to get the win after Jake Alvarez and Patrick Hutcheson hit back-to-back doubles to give Fresno State a 1-0 lead in the eighth, but NMSU responded with a run in the bottom of the inning.
The nail-biting affair continued with web gem defensive efforts by both teams all evening before Voight's game-winning blast.
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