Fresno State Wins Season Opener, 7-1

Feb. 16, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State seniors Austin Wynns and Taylor Garrison led the Bulldogs to a season opening 8-1 win Friday night at Pete Beiden Field against UC Santa Barbara. The duo accounted for five hits and all six of the ’Dogs RBI’s on the evening.

Sophomore pitcher William Munro picked up the win in his seventh career start in five innings pitched, giving up three hits, while striking out three.

“Munro has grown up,” said head coach Mike Batesole. “When a freshman is playing a lot that is a good sign, he had 30 to 40 innings last year and looked like a freshman. Tonight he looked like what we’ve been looking for.”

Munro opened the game retiring the top of the lineup in order, and the bats put up two runs in the bottom half to provide the support he needed moving forward.

Garrison singled to right field to drive in the games first run, Jordon Luplow. Luplow led the inning off with a walk and advanced with a stolen base to put himself in scoring position. Wynns singled to center on the next at bat to bring in Aaron Judge who reached base on a fielder choice for the games second run.

The ‘Dogs went scoreless as well as the Gauchos for the next three innings before Fresno State stretched out the lead in the fifth in part due to untimely errors by UCSB. With Chris Mariscal and Wynns on base with one out, Guachos pitcher Jared Wilson failed to connect with his first baseman on a pick-off attempt and the ball sailed towards the visiting teams dugout. Both runners came around to score and the ’Dogs lead doubled, 4-0.

In the bottom of the sixth Wynns shut the door on any comeback thoughts with a three-run blast over the left-center wall to put Fresno State on top, 7-0. Luplow advanced on a hit-by-pitch to start the inning and picked up his fourth steal of the game to put the pressure on. After Judge struck out, Mariscal was intentionally walked to put two on base with one out against Wynns. Wynns delivered the game next three runs.

Garrett Mundell entered the game in the seventh and pitched a solid effort to close out the game for the save with three strikeouts, one earned run in three innings pitched.

The series resumes Saturday at 6:35 p.m. for game two of the three-game weekend series.

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