Fresno State baseball: Newcomer's hit in 10th delivers opening night win

The Fresno BeeFebruary 14, 2014 

Leave it to the new guy to deliver in the opener of Fresno State's 2014 baseball season.

Manny Argomaniz, a junior transfer from Orange Coast College, waited 10 innings to get the first hit of his Bulldogs career but smashed a two-run double down the left-field line as Fresno State outlasted host UC Irvine 2-0 on Friday night.

Jordan Brink got the start in the opener of the three-game series and delivered a gem, allowing only an infield hit in the third inning and two walks in 6 1-3 innings.

Derick Velazquez (1-0) went 2 2-3 hitless innings before Jake Shull survived a trying 10th — mostly against the lower part of the Anteaters' lineup.

Shull allowed a leadoff single but got No. 8 hitter Evan Cassolato to ground into a double play. Jonathan Munoz hit a pinch-hit double to turn the lineup over, but Shull then fanned leadoff man Kris Paulino.

Designated hitter Taylor Ward got the winning rally started with a double to lead off the 10th and Ryan Dobson came on as a pinch runner. Brody Russell singled to put runners at first and third, setting up Argomaniz's big hit.

Senior right-hander Andrew Morales made it tough on the Bulldogs. A National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason first-team All-America selection coming off a 2013 campaign in which he went 10-0 with a 1.89 ERA, Morales allowed four hits and a walk while striking out eight in seven innings.

Sam Moore (0-1) allowed four hits in the final three innings.

The teams play 1 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday to wrap up the series.

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