June 1, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
Tyler Linehan, Fresno State's scheduled starter for Friday's game, was a late scratch as he still was experiencing lingering effects from a pulled muscle in his back. Justin Haley made the start for the Bulldogs, his 12th of the season.
Bottom of the First
Right fielder Jordan Luplow made a two-out diving catch in the first inning that saved a run. If Brian Ragira's drive is not caught, Danny Diekroeger would have scored from first on the play.
Bottom of the Second
Justin Haley pitched out of a bases loaded jam by getting Jake Stewart to ground out to end the inning and leave the three Cardinal base runners stranded on-base.
Top of the Third
Jordan Luplow led off the inning with a single to left field. It was Fresno State's first hit in the game and it extended Luplow's hitting streak to 11 games, which ties with Jake Alvarez's 11-game streak for the longest from a Bulldog this season.
Luplow's single was his third hit in his last four plate appearances going back to the championship game of the WAC Tournament when he drove in the game-winning run in the 13th inning against Sacramento State. The one plate appearance where he did not get a hit, he drew a walk.
Chris Mariscal followed Luplow with a sacrifice bunt to move him to second, but the Bulldogs were unable to bring Luplow home in the top of the third.
Bottom of the Third
Justin Haley struck out Austin Wilson looking with a runner on third to end the inning. Haley got the Cardinal to strand five runners on-base through the first three innings and three of them were in scoring position.
Bottom of the Fifth
Stanford finally plated a run in the bottom of the fifth. Austin Wilson's two-out single up the middle on a 3-2 count scored two runs to give the Cardinal a 2-0 lead. It was the sixth hit Haley had allowed.
Bottom of the Sixth
A bases-loaded infield single from Danny Diekroeger scored Eric Smith to give Stanford a 3-0 lead.
After Haley got Stephen Piscotty to fly out to right for the second out, he hit Brian Ragira and walked Austin Wilson to plate two more Cardinal runs. Haley was pulled after the walk in favor of William Munro.
Munro struck out Alex Blandino to end the sixth with the Bulldogs trailing 5-0.
Haley's final line: 5.2 IP; 8 H; 5 R; 6 BB, 5 K's
Top of the Seventh
Trent Garrison got the Bulldogs on the board with an RBI double down the first-base line that scored Jake Alvarez, who led off the inning with a single.
Alvarez has now scored a run in 13 of his last 17 games.
Top of the Eighth
Jordan Luplow led off the inning with a single to right. It was his second hit of the game and the fourth off of Appel. Luplow now has 17 multi-hit games this season, which is the third-most on the team.
The Bulldogs stranded runners on the corners to end the eighth inning.
Friday night's attendance at Sunken Diamond was 2,305.
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