FRESNO, Calif. — Jordan Brink tossed seven innings of zero ball allowing only one hit throughout, and Derick Velazquez came in and closed strong with two scoreless innings of his own as Fresno State put down No. 18 Texas A&M 5-0 to start the first of a nonconference baseball doubleheader at Beiden Field.
This marks Brink’s second successive strong start — the junior RHP was coming off an 8 2/3-inning four-hit, one-run conquest of Nevada. This Saturday, he gave up only one hit in seven frames as he upgraded to 2-0 for the season. Velazquez, for the time being, has not allowed a run in 9 2/3 innings this year.
RBI singles from Taylor Ward and Jesse Medrano, put the Bulldogs on top in the fourth then Fresno State profited from some wild pitches courtesy of A&M starting pitcher Daniel Mengden.
The bottom of the fifth inning began with the Aggies ace plunking back-to-back hitters, and then Bulldogs No. 3 hitter Jordan Luplow supplied an RBI double straight to left field. The Bulldogs tacked on two additional runs when two wild pitches from Mengden went to the backstop.
Sophomore Taylor Ward ended 2 for 4 with an RBI. The Bulldogs fielded respectably while committing zero errors and spun a double play in the ninth inning that was begun by third baseman Chris Mariscal.
Daniel Mengden (1-2) gets credited with the loss in an out of character outing. He gave up five runs on seven hits, one walk, three passed balls and two HBP’s in 7.0 innings of work.
Jordan Brink (2-0) captures the win for the Bulldogs. He shut the Aggies down over 7.0 innings, allowing one hit and three walks but striking out five batters.
Logan Nottebrok and Hunter Melton where responsible for A&M’s two hits.
Ward led Fresno State’s offense batting 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Fresno State is 6-2 Overall, 3-0 in conference.