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April 24, 2012

Fresno State Rallies for 3-2 Baseball Victory Over Cal Poly

FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State snapped a 2-2 tie with a groundout in the seventh inning and held on to beat Cal Poly 3-2 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at Pete Beiden Field.

The Bulldogs, who erased a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the ninth inning for a 5-3 win over the Mustangs a week ago in Baggett Stadium, win the season series two games to none and improve to 17-20 on the year.

Cal Poly has lost seven of its last 10 games, falling to 22-17 for the season.

After five scoreless innings, Cal Poly established a 2-0 lead in the sixth. Mike Miller singled and Tim Wise (pictured at right) doubled down the left-field line. An error in left field allowed Miller to score. Mitch Haniger's sacrifice bunt moved Wise to third and he scored on Jimmy Allen's line-drive sacrifice fly to center field.

Fresno State answered quickly with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Trent Garrison singled to drive in the first run and Kenneth Wise lined out to center field for a sacrifice fly which tied the game at 2-2.

The Bulldogs snapped the tie in the seventh as Jordan Luplow singled and eventually came home on a grounder to second base by Patrick Hutcheson.

Cal Poly pinch-hitter Jordan Ellis led off the eighth inning with a double into the right-field corner, but was thrown out trying to advance to third on a comebacker.

The Mustangs were retired in order in the ninth.

Fresno State outhit Cal Poly 8-4, led by Luplow with three singles. All eight Bulldog hits were singles.

Wise and Ellis doubled for Cal Poly and Miller and Jordan Hadlock both singled. Cal Poly's streak of nine straight games with 10 or more hits came to an end. Haniger's eight-game hitting streak was halted as well.

Thomas Harlan (5-6), the fourth of six Fresno State pitchers, earned the win despite allowing two runs and two hits in two innings of work. Taylor Garrison secured four outs for his ninth save.

The loss went to Michael Holback (0-1) as he allowed the go-ahead run in the seventh. Starter Bryan Granger pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

The Mustangs, who have played eight of their last nine games on the road, return home to host Pacific for a three-game Big West Conference set Friday through Sunday in Baggett Stadium.