Aztecs Drop 4-0 Decision to Fresno State
May 18, 2017
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State fell victim to a solid pitching performance from Fresno State Thursday night as it dropped a 4-0 decision to the Bulldogs in the opener of the teams’ three-game series at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
With the win, FSU improved to 30-22 overall and more importantly 17-11 in the Mountain West as they try to overtake the Aztecs for the second seed in next week’s conference tournament.
The loss dropped SDSU’s ledger to 37-17 overall and 19-9 in league play as it missed an opportunity to overtake New Mexico for first place in the standings.
The Bulldogs wasted little time in getting on the board as they scored a run in the opening inning against Aztec senior lefty Dominic Purpura. The marker came courtesy of a single by Jake Stone and an RBI double by Aaron Arruda.
The visitors added two more in the top of the second on a walk and a two-run homer to right by Korby Batesole. They concluded the scoring with a solo home run by Carter Bins in the sixth that gave them the final 4-0 advantage.
Purpura would end up tossing 6.0 innings, surrendering the four runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts. He would take the loss to see his season record fall to 6-3. Senior Marcus Reyes would go the final three frames allowing a pair of hits while striking out five.
Meanwhile, Fresno State starting hurler Ricky Tyler Thomas, would pitch into the sixth inning (6.2 IP) as he scattered three hits and three walks while recording seven strikeouts.
The Aztecs had two men on base in only one inning (the third) as a single by Jordan Verdon and walk to Alan Trejo put runners on first and second with two outs, but a ground out ended the threat. That would be of only two times all evening that an Aztec reached as far as second base.
Thomas gave way to Fred Schlichtholz with two out in the seventh, and the reliever would go the final 2.1 innings retiring seven of the eight batters he faced. Thomas would be credited with the victory to improve to 7-3 on the year.
SDSU designated hitter Andrew Martinez accounted for half of his team’s hits on the night with a pair of singles.
San Diego State and Fresno State will continue their series on Friday, Amy 19, with a contest scheduled to get underway at 6:00 p.m. PT at Tony Gwynn Stadium.