Feb. 14, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
In what was the epitome of a pitching duel, and a game most are accustom to seeing down the stretch of a season, the Bulldog pitching staff and their defense held the Anteaters to one hit through the games' first nine innings. Brink pitched 7.1 innings, struck out six and allowed one hit while going toe-to-toe with preseason All-American Andrew Morales.
"Brink was special tonight," said head coach Mike Batesole. "We had a number for [Brink] tonight. [Assistant Coach] Rousey wanted him to go back out there and get [Connor] Spencer, and then Velazquez came in and pitched really well."
The 'Dogs had their best opportunity to put runners across the plate in the top of the fourth, Taylor Tempel led off the inning, and struck an opposite field double going up against two strikes. Trent Woodward posted his first Bulldog hit with a line drive to right and allowed Tempel to advance to third. On the following at bat Kevin Viers took ball four to load the bases with one out. Morales worked out of the bases loaded jam by striking out Taylor Ward and forcing Brody Russell to ground out to retire the side.
After roughing up Morales in the fourth, the senior allowed just one base runner over the next three innings before he was replaced after pitching 7.0 innings, allowing four hits with eight strikeouts.
Unlike the fourth, the 'Dogs capitalized in the 10th and did so behind a new face in the lineup. Manny Argomaniz, a junior transfer from Orange Coast College, registered his first Division I hit by tagging a two-run double down the left side on a 3-2 count to score the games' first two and only runs. Argomaniz advanced to third after Russell out-ran the play at the plate for the second RBI.
"You have to give all the credit to Brody and for Ward leading off the inning with that ground rule double," said Argomaniz. "This one was definitely exciting for us, but we have another one tomorrow."
Velazquez (1-0) picked the win and Shull registered his second career save.
Fresno State (1-0) continues its series Saturday at 1 p.m. Sophomore right-hander Blake Quinn is projected to take on the left-handed Elliot Surrey.
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