Fresno State Scores Four in Ninth for 5-3 Baseball Victory over Cal Poly
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Fresno State rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 victory over Cal Poly in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night in Baggett Stadium.
The Bulldogs closed the gap to a single run as Patrick Hutcheson doubled and came home on an RBI single by Aaron Judge. The tying and go-ahead runs scored on a Cal Poly throwing error and Jordan Brink singled to add an insurance run.
Taylor Garrison pitched the bottom of the ninth and earned his eighth save for Fresno State.
The loss dropped Cal Poly to 21-14 on the year as the Mustangs have lost four of five games since sweeping a Big West Conference series against UC Irvine. Fresno State, which had lost 18 of its last 22 games against Cal Poly, improved to 16-19 with the win and gave head coach Mike Batesole his 600th career victory.
Cal Poly built its 3-1 lead with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Mitch Haniger doubled to knock in the first run, Jordan Hadlock's double in the fourth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and Tim Wise doubled and came home on an error in the fifth.
Neither team scored again until the ninth. Fresno State stranded two runners on base in the sixth and left the bases loaded in the eighth before putting together its four-run game-winning rally in the ninth.
Mustang sophomore closer Chase Johnson (1-4), who surrendered the final three runs in the ninth, two of them unearned, suffered the loss. The win went to Cody Kendall (3-1) as he pitched two scoreless innings.
The loss spoiled Bryan Granger's best performance as a Mustang. In his third start of the season, the true freshman allowed one run and five hits in five innings with three walks and four strikeouts.
Fresno State starter William Munro gave up one run and four hits in three innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
Cal Poly outhit Fresno State 11-9, led by Haniger (pictured above) with three hits and Wise and freshman left fielder Alex Michaels with two each. The double by Wise in the fifth inning was his first extra-base hit of the season to go along with 24 singles. Jimmy Allen's seven-game hitting streak, including five multiple-hit games in a row, came to an end as did Mike Miller's six-game hitting streak.
Judge and Jordan Luplow each had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Cal Poly, which was 20-0 when leading after eight innings this season, has posted a 14-13 record since its 7-1 start in February. Fresno State was 3-15 when committing two or more errors and the Bulldogs were charged with three errors Tuesday night.
Cal Poly returns to Big West Conference action this weekend with a three-game series Friday through Sunday at Cal State Fullerton.