Linehan Deals, Bats Erupt as 'Dogs Eliminate Pack

May 24, 2013

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By Andrew Rich & @StephenTrembley

FRESNO, Calif. - Tyler Linehan did his part on the mound and in the late innings, the Fresno State bats did theirs to extend the season to at least another game.

The junior starting pitcher delivered a complete game and the `Dogs hit two three-run homers late in a 10-1 win over Nevada in the second elimination game of the 2013 Mountain West Baseball Championship.

Linehan gave up five hits and struck out eight Wolf Pack hitters. The southpaw retired the first eight batters he faced and only got into trouble in the sixth inning. The complete-game effort conserved a Fresno State bullpen that will need all the rest it can get trying to work its way out of the loser's bracket.

"It's the end of the year so it was in my mind that we needed a complete game and go the distance," Linehan said.

Brody Russell and Jordan Luplow hit the three-run home runs in the sixth and eighth, respectively, that helped put the game out of reach.

Russell's blast came with two outs after the `Dogs had taken a 2-1 lead on Chris Mariscal's suicide squeeze bunt to score Aaron Judge. Russell, a freshman from Bakersfield launched a Tom Jameson pitch over the left-center fence to give Fresno State a 5-1 lead. He also added an RBI single in the five-run eighth for his career-high fourth run batted in of the day.

Luplow, facing Wolf Pack reliever Michael Fain, hit a line drive over the left field wall on the first pitch he saw to extend the lead to 10-1. The sophomore finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs.

"They're a great group of hitting guys," Linehan said of his Bulldog offensive players. "I mean I love them all to death and they have my back. That's fun to watch, I mean all the hits and the runs scored. It was amazing."

The `Dogs have now won 13 of their last 16 games at home. With another elimination game win, the baseball program in 18-4 in such games since the 2008 run to the National Championship. Nevada finished the season at 25-32.

The victory advanced Fresno State (23-32) into an elimination game versus third-seeded San Diego State (27-29) at 3 p.m. later Friday afternoon at Beiden Field.

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