'Dogs To Host USC In Weekend Series

Feb. 28, 2013

Games 8-10 • USC (4-3) at Fresno State (1-6)
March 1-3, 2013 (6:35 p.m. PT/6:35 p.m. PT/1:05 p.m. PT)
Fresno, Calif. ---Beiden Field
TV: None
Radio: 940 AM ESPN (Paul Loeffler - Friday/Sunday & Paul Swearengin- Saturday)

Bulldog Bones
• This is Fresno State’s first season as a member of the Mountain West after winning seven straight Western Athletic Conference titles, including the 2012 WAC Tournament crown. • Fresno State’s Aaron Judge won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby and enters the 2013 season with three Preseason All-American honors. • Chris Mariscal went 6-for-10 during the ’Dogs three-game series at No. 15 Stanford, with one double and two runs. • Luplow’s 4-for-4 stolen base effort on opening night tied a Mountain West single-game record and continues to lead the MW for total stolen bases this year (4). • Fresno State leads the MW with five home runs, Judge (2) is tied atop the MW with two others. • Fresno State and USC last played each other 10 years ago - The Trojans own a 40-25 all-time series lead.

Fresno returns home for Three-Game Series versus USC
Fresno State hosts the USC Trojans of the Pac-12 for a three-game series from March 1-3. Friday and Saturday will be under the lights starting at 6:35 p.m. PT each evening, while the Sunday contest will have its first pitch thrown out at 1 p.m. PT. All three games will be broadcast on 940 AM ESPN Radio with veteran Bulldog Baseball play-by-play announcer Paul Loeffler calling the action Friday and Sunday, and Paul Swearengin providing the call on Saturday. A live audio feed will be available at www.GoBulldogs.com/AllAccess (subscription required).

#DiamondDogs struggle on the road
The ’Dogs hit the road for the first time in 2013, traveling for a three-game set at No. 15 Stanford and a mid-week game down the road against CSU Bakersfield and came up short in all four games. Fresno State sophomore Chris Mariscal was one Bulldog who excelled away from Beiden Field as he went 7-of-14 (.500) from the plate in the past four games after kicking off the season 0-for-6. Aaron Judge hit .412 on the extended road trip and knocked in five RBI, including a 5-for-5, three RBI and one home run effort on Sunday at Stanford.

About the USC Trojans
USC enters the weekend 5-3 on the season. The Trojans have won five of its last six after dropping its first two games of the season to Cal State Fullerton and CSU Bakersfield. USC will take a three-game winning streak to Fresno after defeating Long Beach State 4-1 this past Tuesday. The Trojans used pitchers Bob Wheatley, Wyatt Strahan, and Kyle Twomey in their last two weekend series and are probable for their series facing the ’Dogs. USC is under first-year head coach Dan Tubbs, after spending the 2012 season as an associate head coach. Tubbs was elevated to the head coaching role after three-year head coach Frank Cruz was relieved of his duties prior to the seasons start, Tubbs is the sixth head coach for the Trojans since 1930.

Bulldog Starts
RHP Will Munro (1-0) has highlighted the Bulldog pitching staff with his first two Friday night starts. Munro has a 0.73 ERA in 12.1 innings of work and owns the fifth best ERA in the MW. Derick Velazquez has worked the most innings for the ’Dogs in two starts with 13.0. He is tied for the team lead in strikeouts (8). Fresno State has found a freshman duo to provide help in the starting line-up in Tim Borst and Jordan Brink. In two no decisions Borst has a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched and fireballer Brink provided seven strikeouts in 4.1 innings in his last start.

Judge, Wynns Tabbed as Preseason All-Americans
Fresno State junior outfielder Aaron Judge earned three Preseason All-America selections and senior catcher Austin Wynns collected third-team Preseason All-American honors from Louisville Slugger. Judge, a native of Linden, Calif., enters his third season with the Bulldogs was named to Baseball America’s first-team. He also was honored by the Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as a second-team All-American. During his sophomore season, he hit .308 with 27 RBI and 13 stolen bases to earn first-team all-conference accolades. Wynns is one of two seniors on the Bulldogs’ squad.