No. 21 Dogs Rope Aggies
May 13, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team came from behind and won 17-5 over New Mexico State on Friday night. The Bulldogs came back from a 6-0 deficit after four innings. The Bulldogs gained the lead with sophomore Austin Wynns' first career home run. The Dogs improve to 33-11 on the season and 14-7 in Western Athletic Conference play.
The Bulldogs outhit the Aggies 16-12 in the second game of the series. Senior Danny Muno recorded a fourth of the Dogs hits as he was 4-for-5 on the night with two RBIs. Fellow senior Jordan Ribera was 3-for-6 at the plate. Also recording a multi-hit game was Dusty Robinson, Aaron Judge and Kenny Wise, who all had two hits.
The Aggies jumped on the board first in the in the second inning scoring three runs on three hits and took a 3-0 lead over the Bulldogs. In the third inning, New Mexico State added three more runs on three hits increasing their lead 6-0 over the Dogs.
Tyler Linehan made his seventh start of the year. The freshman lefty gave up six runs on six hits in two and third innings of work.
In the bottom of the third inning, Judge singled to right field and advanced to second base on a fielding error by the Aggies right fielder. A pair of sacrifice flies brought Judge home and the Dogs trailed 6-1.
Right-hander J.D. Salles threw two and third innings of scoreless relief. He limited the Aggies to two hits and struck out one batter. Salles has an ERA of 3.24 after eight appearances in 2011.
The Bulldogs rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. Robinson led off the inning with a single to left field. Wise hit a base knock to left field moving Robinson to third base. Judge hit an RBI single to right field and the Dogs trailed 6-2.
The fourth inning rally continued as Wynns battled to a full count and drew the walk to load the bases. Pinch hitter Chris Mallory had a clutch two RBI single to center field and the Dogs trailed 6-5 after four innings.
Cody Kendall earned the win on the mound and is 6-0 this season. The junior struck out a game-high three Aggie batters in three and third innings of work. Kendall allowed one run, a solo home run in the seventh inning. He has an ERA of 2.45 after 36.2 innings pitched this year.
Back-to-back singles from Robinson and Jordan Ribera put runners on the corners for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Senior Garrett Weber hit sacrifice bunt down the first base line to bring in a run and tying the game 6-6.
The Dogs took the lead in the sixth inning after Wynns launched his first career home run over the left field fence. His solo homer gave the Dogs the lead 7-6. The inning continued with Jake Alvarez reaching base on an error. An infield single from Muno and a four-pitch walk from Gowens loaded the bases for the Bulldogs.
Robinson walked in a run and the Dogs increased their lead 8-6 over the Aggies. Weber kept the sixth inning alive with his second sacrifice fly to bring in another Bulldog run. Wise hit the second home run of the inning to right field adding three more runs and the Dogs lead increased 12-6.
New Mexico State answered with a solo home run to right field in the top of the seventh inning and trailed the Dogs 12-7.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Wynns led off with a four-pitch walk followed by Alvarez getting hit by a pitch to put two runners on base for the Dogs. Muno drove in another run with a single to left field. Robinson drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly increasing the Dogs lead 14-7.
Junior Derek Benny threw one inning of scoreless relief. The right-hander struck out one batter and did not allow a hit.
A hit by pitch and wild pitch put pinch hitter Andy Qualls in scoring position in the eighth inning. Alvarez hit a base knock bringing in the Dogs 15th run of the game.
The Bulldogs won 15-7 and improved to 2-0 in the series. The four-game series continued on Saturday, May 14 at 6:05 p.m.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs continue the WAC series against New Mexico State on Saturday, May 14. The Dogs celebrate senior day on Sunday, May 15 before the game. For tickets log on to gobulldogs.com or call 278-DOGS.