No. 3 Fresno State Stops No. 2 San Diego State In Lopsided Victory
RENO, Nev. – No. 3 seed Fresno State scored a season-high 15 runs during its 15-7 win over No. 2 seed San Diego State Thursday afternoon at the 2015 Mountain West Baseball Championship at Peccole Park.
The bats were hot for the Bulldogs as leadoff hitter Taylor Tempel went 4-for-6 at the plate with four runs, two doubles and an RBI. Austin Guibor also scored three runs and brought another one home with his 2-for-4 performance. Manny Argomaniz was a perfect 4-for-4 on the night with two RBIs and three runs scored. The team collectively registered 19 hits and 13 RBIs with five doubles.
“There was a lot of life from the first inning,” said Tempel, the senior outfielder. “We wanted to come out here and attack.”
Fresno State got on the board first when, facing a full count, Argomaniz got his pitch and sent it over the wall in left field. That was the only run for the Bulldogs in the top of the second as they took a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs scored again in the top of the third with a sacrifice hit from Taylor Ward that allowed Tempel to come home. Guibor came home from second base in the next at-bat via an RBI double from Kevin Viers, and Fresno State took a 3-0 lead. Three more then came across in the inning, and the Bulldogs took a six-run advantage 6-0.
Fresno State extended its lead to 7-0 as Tempel scored from third in the top of the fourth thanks to a sacrifice fly from Ward.
San Diego State scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth when Justin Wylie singled through the right side, allowing Spencer Thornton to score from third.
Chase Calabuig also came home from third via a Ty France single to bring the score to 7-2. Thornton singled through the right side, but two Bulldog throwing errors allowed Ty France, Steven Pallares and Thornton to score, cutting Fresno State’s lead to 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth.
A similar play happened in the top of the sixth for Fresno State as Guibor tripled to right center, and a throwing error by the Bulldogs second baseman allowed Tempel and him to come home. The Bulldogs quickly extended their lead again 9-5.
More security runs were scored in the eighth for Fresno State as Ward picked up his third RBI of the game when he singled to bring Tempel home. Torin Goldstein picked up three RBIs when he doubled down the line in left field and upped the score to 13-5. Two more runs came across for the Bulldogs to bring the score to 15-5 and put the game in a 10-run rule scenario.
San Diego State kept the ballgame alive though in the bottom of the eighth as Pallares scored two with a shot over the left field fence to narrow the score to 15-7.
“It takes all of us,” said head coach Mike Batesole. “We’re not good enough to win with just nine of us out there.”
Thornton came through for San Diego State today, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Pallares had two RBIs and two runs scored.
SDSU will play Air Force at 11 a.m. PT tomorrow if New Mexico beats Nevada, or 3 p.m. PT if Nevada tops the Lobos. Fresno State moves on to face the winner of the Lobo-Wolf Pack match-up at 7 p.m. PT on Friday, May 22.
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