ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The good news: Fresno State freshman pitcher Blake Quinn delivered his second straight quality start in going six innings, striking out four and allowing just two runs.
The bad news: The Fresno State baseball team gave up 12 runs in the eighth after seeing its one-run lead entering the inning vanish en route to a 14-3 loss at New Mexico on Saturday afternoon at Lobo Field.
"That's two outstanding starts for Quinn and at least you can take that to the bus right now," Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said. "We played outstanding baseball for seven innings, but we play nine inning games here in Division I baseball. We still have some things to work out."
Fresno State scored runs in each of the first two innings to build a 2-0 lead highlighted by senior catcher Austin Wynns' no-doubt solo home run. New Mexico evened the game with runs in the third and fourth.
The Bulldogs retook the lead in the fifth on Taylor Tempel's first home run of the season to give Fresno State a 3-2 edge, but the Bandera Volcano-like eruption by the Lobos in the bottom of the eighth against the bullpen cemented the fate for the 'Dogs.
Fresno State southpaw Tyler Linehan (1-7) walked the first two batters of the inning and both of those Lobos later came around to score to hand the loss to junior pitcher. William Munro gave up six runs (five earned) during the Lobos' onslaught while Aaron Gillis was pegged for the next three and Jake Shull the final runs (also unearned). There were also two errors charged to Bulldogs' third baseman Kevin Viers on back-to-back hard hit balls to the hot corner by the fifth and sixth Lobos that came to the plate.
In total, UNM (19-16, 10-4 Mountain West) sent 15 batters to the plate in the eighth and saw the first 12 cross home plate. 11 of the 12 runs occurred before an out was recorded and the 12th was tallied during a groundout for the first out of the frame.
Fresno State (8-22, 3-9 MW) had three Bulldogs record multi-hit games, including Tempel, who finished 2-for-4 at the plate.
Fresno State and New Mexico will close the series on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT and the game can be heard live on 940 AM ESPN Radio.
FRESNO, Calif. – Saturday night was a special night for the Fresno State softball team. The Bulldogs sponsored Strikeout Cancer Night creating awareness and celebrating cancer survivors. The ‘Dogs held a blood drive and after the 7-4 win over Boise State, several participants donated their hair to Locks of Love.
"It was amazing. We have people in the stands crying and everyone is getting emotional about it," said head coach Trisha Ford. "Our student-athletes are great people and it's something that we are proud of. This community supports us, so we want to support them. It's awesome that so many were willing to cut-off 10 inches of their own hair."
Five Bulldogs, two members of the Boise State team and 10 members of the community donated 10 inches or more of their own hair. The heart felt gesture brought tears to eyes of those watching and participating.
The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in the series over the Broncos after Saturday night's win. Paige Gumz was perfect on the night at the plate going for 3-for-3 and Brenna Moss also collected three hits. Junior Stesha Brazil was the third Bulldog to record a multi-hit game in the second game of the series.
"Offensively, we had some big hits and put the ball in play," Ford said. We had some great situational hitting. We really got going on the bases, which is our style of softball."
Fresno State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Vonnie Martin hit a two RBI single up the middle. Moss added another run in the second after stealing second base and a throwing error allowed her to cross home plate. In the third inning, Maria Sio executed a suicide squeeze perfectly for a run extending the ‘Dogs lead 3-0.
Moss led off the fourth inning with a triple, her eighth of the season. Michelle Solomon recorded the RBI as the ‘Dogs led 5-0. Kapri Angotti hit a single to right center field that plated two more Bulldog runs and Fresno State led 7-0 in the fifth inning.
"It was a great outing by Hannah," said Ford. "She came in and kept the ball down and went after hitters. We were ahead in a lot of counts, which is huge."
Hannah Harris tosse 6.2 scoreless innings against the Broncos and struck out one. The freshman is now 8-5 on the season and has an ERA of 2.07. She limited the Broncos to four hits and did not surrender a walk.
The Broncos scored four runs in the final inning, but Harris stopped the rally and the Bulldogs won 7-4. Fresno State concludes the series against Boise State on Sunday, April 14 at noon.
Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics