Fresno State Falls in Series Finale, 8-4
March 10, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team dropped its series finale to Cal 8-4 in a hard-fought game on Sunday afternoon that was ultimately decided by a four-run outburst by the Bears in the seventh inning at Evans Diamond.
Fresno State (3-12) had its chance in the top of the seventh inning before the Bears doubled up the scoreboard in the bottom frame. In a 4-4 game, Chris Mariscal and Aaron Judge both reached base safely to begin the inning. After a pop up and a ground out, Austin Wynns drew a walk to juice the bases to leave Taylor Ward to face Trevor Hildenberger fresh out of the Cal bullpen. Hildenberger induced a fly out to left field and the 'Dogs threat was ended.
Cal (9-7) countered the 'Dogs push in the bottom half of the seventh by manufacturing four runs from a solo home run followed by three walks and a fielding miscue that led to the Bears pushing three more runs across the board.
Aaron Judge posted his third home run of the season with a solo shot in the third. All three home runs have come on a Sunday while Judge continues to excel in Sunday games with an overall .684 batting average and 10 RBIs. He was 1-for-4 with one RBI and one run against the Bears.
The 'Dogs tied the game in the fifth as Trent Garrison knocked in Jake Alvarez for his seventh RBI of the season. Garrison was 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run while also handling duties at first base.
Fresno State’s offense had its best showing on Sunday as they put a lead-off hitter on base in 5-of-9 innings and had a series high nine hits on the afternoon. The 'Dogs did have one batter strikeout until the eighth inning and finished with two on the day.
Tyler Stirewalt (0-1) was charged with loss, while Cal’s (3-1) Hildenberger earned the victory.
Fresno State will have the week off before hosting its inaugural Mountain West series against San Diego State beginning on Friday at Beiden Field. First pitch will be at 6:35 p.m.
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