No. 4 Fresno State Escapes Elimination With Win Over No. 6 Air Force 6-4
May 23, 2013
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FRESNO, Calif. - No. 4 seed Fresno State escaped elimination in Game Three of the 2013 Mountain West Championship at Pete Beiden Field on Thursday afternoon defeating Air Force 6-4.
Air Force (15-39) was unable to capitalize off of their base runners, leaving 17 runners on base, 11 of which were in scoring position.
Fresno State (22-32) was led by its top three hitters in the line-up who combined to go 6-for-12 with five runs scored and one RBI off Aaron Judge's solo home run in third inning.
Starting pitcher for Fresno State, Tim Borst was part of the reason that Air Force couldn't capitalize on their opportunities. Borst scattered 11 hits over seven innings, only allowing three runs for the Falcons.
Fresno State gained an early lead in the bottom of the first scoring two runs off three hits. Jordon Luplow hit a double off Cameron White to deep left to start the Bulldog scoring. Kevin Viers laid a bunt single down the first baseline, colliding with Air Force second baseman Matthew Roberts, which allowed Luplow time to cross home plate. Trent Garrison continued the rally with an RBI single to center put the Bulldogs up 2-0 going into the second.
Air Force got on the board in the top of the fourth with an RBI single from first-team All-Mountain West selection Seth Kline to shorten the Bulldogs lead to 3-1.
Fresno State then matched the run with an RBI single from Brody Russell to score Chris Mariscal.
With the bases loaded, Kline drove in his second run of the day with a sacrifice fly to deep center bringing David Baska home to cut the Bulldogs lead to 4-2. Alex Bast's double to left field brought in one more run in the top of the seventh for the Falcons.
Pinch hitter Austin Wynns hit a double to right center to drive in two more, giving the Bulldogs a 6-3 cushion after the seventh.
In the top of the eighth with the bases loaded Air Force scored off a wild pitch, but junior right-hander Tyler Stirewalt got Matt Thorne to fly out to shallow right to end the threat.
Stirewalt struck out two in the top of the ninth with runners on second and third, then just like the inning before, forced another fly out to end the game for the win Fresno State is set to play at 11 a.m. tomorrow against the lower seeded loser of games four and five.