FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State stepped into Mountain West Conference college baseball action this past weekend, and procured a perfect week of play, after an impressive 11-1 victory over Air Force on Sunday at Beiden Field for a three game sweep that ran the ‘Dogs winning streak up to five games current.
The undefeated week of baseball included wins over Cal (7-4) as well as Cal State Fullerton (2-1, 16 innings).
The Falcons never knew what hit them as the Bulldogs ended a 1-1 tie through three innings with an explosion for 10 runs that stretched from the fourth frame through the seventh.
With one out in the fourth, Kevin Viers roped a base hit that was immediately followed by a double from Manny Argomaniz that powdered the chalk down the left field foul line. At that juncture, a squeeze bunt off the bat of Brody Russell brought in Viers to score and put the ‘Dogs on top 2-1. Two batters later, Austin Guibor smoked a single for two RBIs right through the middle of the infield to score Argomaniz and Russell. The next batter Jordan Luplow extended the Bulldog lead to 6-1 when he air-mailed a double to left field for two RBIs.
The fifth inning saw Argomaniz hit his second long ball of the game and fourth of the season as the ‘Dogs then followed up with another punishing inning in the sixth.
The lead was moved to 8-1 after a sac fly from Luplow drove in his third RBI of the contest, and with two outs the fun continued. Chris Mariscal and Viers both had RBI base hits that pushed the Fresno State lead to 10-1 at that point.
Luplow, already having a stellar series, registered yet another RBI base hit in the seventh inning. He ended his weekend with a 9-for-12 performance along with seven RBIs. Argomaniz went 3-for-5 at the plate with his first multi-home run game.
The ‘Dogs did the job on the mound as well only allowing a single run in each of the three games over the course of the series.
Cal State Fullerton will put the winning streak to the test as they host the Bulldogs Wednesday night. First pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m.