May 16, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bulldogs used a solid start from sophomore Tim Borst, and an eighth inning solo home run by Trent Woodward, to edge San Diego State 4-3 on Friday night at Beiden Field. To make things interesting, Greg Allen hit a two-out two-RBI triple in the top of the ninth for SDSU, but Jake Alvarez closed the door with a put-out grounded his way to strand the potential game-tying run at third to secure the win on the ensuing at-bat.
Borst (4-4) earned the win in a game controlled by Fresno State from the start with the sophomore pitcher in command of the game.
`'I think you add up all of his misses today and they probably wouldn't add up to a foot,'' said head coach Mike Batesole about his starting pitcher. `'I mean, he was locked in. That was pinpoint control. Most of his misses were pressure zones, where he misses to that location on purpose. That was pretty special.''
The Bulldog offense came through in the first with a two-out rally that resulted in a 1-0 lead to open the game. Taylor Ward connected for an RBI single with runners on first and second to give Fresno State the early advantage.
In the third, Taylor Tempel registered a lead-off double in his first start since April 17 at Nevada. Tempel was back to the dugout after Jordan Luplow hit an RBI single to right center on the very next at-bat to give the 'Dogs a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Kevin Viers turned on the first pitch sent his way; it rocketed toward right field and ricocheted off the wall a couple feet shy of a homer, scoring Luplow easily. As Viers rounded second for third he lost his balance. Viers was tagged out on the play to end the inning, but the Fresno State had already extended its lead to 3-0.
Borst surrendered a lead-off single to Seby Zavala in the fifth and the Aztecs would manufacture it into a run. Tyler Adkinson doubled to score the first SDSU run of the game and bring the game within two, 3-1.
Woodward registered his third home run of the season in the eighth off San Diego State reliever T.J. Kendzora. The solo shot proved to be the insurance run the Bulldogs would need to win Friday night's game.
Fresno State tallied 10 hits on the evening, bettering the Aztecs by six. Seven different Bulldogs registered a hit while three had two hits - Woodward, Ward and Alvarez.
The regular season concludes on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and is also Senior Day. Prior to first pitch the Bulldogs' sole senior, Alvarez, will be honored with his family in attendance.
"Catch the Wave" - The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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