STANFORD, Calif. - Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge went 5-for-5 with three RBI and one home run against No. 15 Stanford on Sunday afternoon, but pitching woes plagued the ‘Dogs in the latter innings as the Cardinal went on to defeat the 'Dogs 7-4 at Sunken Diamond to sweep the series.
The 'Dogs jumped out early, putting two runs up in the first inning. Jordan Luplow led-off the game with a triple and Aaron Judge singled through the left side to drive in the games first run. With loaded bases following a fielding error that allowed Trent Garrison to move runners over from first and second, Taylor Ward grounded into a double-play that allowed Jake Alvarez to score from third to put the 'Dogs up 2-0.
In the second, Judge singled to left field to drive in Austin Wynns for his second RBI to give the 'Dogs a 3-0 lead. Wynns led the inning off with a single, he was 1-of-4 on the afternoon.
In spite of Fresno State's early game success and knocking out Stanford's starting pitcher in two innings, there were opportunities for more. The 'Dogs left seven runners on base through the first four innings in the early going before Stanford reliever Bobby Zarubin got going for the Cardinal. Zarubin worked 6.2 innings after Logan James surrendered three runs on four hits in 2.0 innings.
"We didn't cash in," said Batesole. "In the second, third and fourth inning we had the right guys up in the middle of the order with runners in scoring position, and we didn't finish the deal. The only way you can get away with that is if your bullpen is nails, and obviously that wasn't the case."
Bulldog starting pitcher Tim Borst worked 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He gave way to Tyler Stirewalt in the fifth with a 3-2 lead. Stirewalt was wild on his first throw, allowing a runner to score from third to tie the game. Shortly thereafter
Tyler Linehan relived Stirewalt after he retired one out. With runners on first and second, Wayne Taylor knocked in the lead run for the Cardinal, 4-3.
Judge answered to Cardinal push the following inning, as the lead-off batter he sent a rocket over the left field fence to tie the game back up at four a piece. Although, it was not enough as Cardinal hitters took advantage of the shaky Fresno State bullpen in the eighth.
With two outs in the eighth inning, Garrett Mundell gave up an RBI double to push the lead run across and soon after Danny Diekroeger hit a 2-run shot against Aaron Gillis to propel Stanford to the victory.
The 'Dogs will look to rebound on Tuesday on the road against Cal State Bakersfield. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Fresno State softball team concluded the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational with a 6-5 loss to Idaho State on Sunday morning. The Bulldogs (10-8, 0-0 MW) were 3-2 at the tournament hosted by Santa Clara.
Brooke Ortiz recorded her third-straight multi-hit game on Sunday. The junior tallied three hits in three plate appearance and two stolen bases. She also added a run and a walk. Vonnie Martin also recorded a multi-hit game after going 2-for-3with a walk against the Bengals.
Idaho State took an early 2-0 lead over the Bulldogs. The Bengals scored two runs on four hits in the first inning. ISU added another run in the second inning increasing their lead to 3-0.
A day after throwing her first no-hitter, Jill Compton worked 5.2 innings of relief striking out one. The freshman retired 10 batters in order from the second to fifth inning.
The Bulldogs' offense came alive in the fourth inning and catcher Paige Gumz started the ‘Dogs come back with a RBI double to left field. Third baseman Whitney Smith followed with another RBI double bringing in Fresno State's second run. Senior Diane Runge tied the ball game 3-3 with a single up the middle.
Compton and the defense got three quick outs in the bottom half of the fourth inning allowing the Bulldog offense to get back to the plate. Ortiz scored the go ahead run on a passed ball as the ‘Dogs lead 4-3.
In the sixth inning, Fresno State added a fifth run with a RBI single from Stesha Brazil. The Bulldogs headed to the bottom of the sixth with a 5-3 lead.
The Bengals rallied in the bottom of the sixth scoring three runs on four hits to take a 6-5 lead. Fresno State hits the road March 1-3 for the San Diego State Classic I hosted by the Aztecs.
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