Fresno State baseball: Bulldogs rout Grand Canyon in home opener

The Fresno BeeFebruary 18, 2014 

Fresno State right-hander Garrett Mundell put together a strong start, not that his offense gave him much reason to be too fine with his pitches Tuesday night.

Mundell struck out six while allowing a hit and a walk in three innings as the Bulldogs won their home opener, routing Grand Canyon 10-1 in a nonconference game.

The 6-foot-6 junior used his fastball to plow through the Antelopes, striking out three of the first four batters he faced and two in each inning.

"He did exactly what we needed him to do — we needed three innings out of him downhill and he came right at them," coach Mike Batesole said.

"He had a good fastball today and that's what he has to bring every day, is a good downhill fastball and he had it. He pitched with some confidence."

Fresno State (3-1) — coming off a weekend in which it took 2 of 3 at UC Irvine in the season-opening series — scored four times in the third inning and put the game away in the fifth.

Playing to add a run, they ended up with five.

Designated hitter Trent Woodward opened the inning with a walk, then moved up a base on a sacrifice by Taylor Ward, the Bulldogs' No. 5 hitter. Kevin Viers followed with a single to put runners at the corners and Brody Russell walked to load the bases.

One out later, Woodward scored on a fielder's choice. Chris Mariscal was hit by a pitch to force in a second run and Taylor Tempel followed with a double into the gap in left-center, driving in three.

Mundell was followed to the mound by left-hander Connor Chase, who allowed three hits and one run in four innings. Dillon Houser worked the final two innings, striking out two.

After four games, the Bulldogs' ERA is 1.80 — eight earned runs in 40 innings pitched.

Tempel — a junior out of Clovis High who hit .239 a year ago — entered Tuesday hitting .167, going 2 for 12 in the series against the Anteaters.

"Chris was on base I don't know how many times and so was Tempel, who got the big hit that opened it up, which is good," Batesole said. "He swung the bat real well at Irvine, but didn't get rewarded for it in the number of hits. He hit two balls exactly like that and they both got caught.

"That park is a graveyard there, but good for him. He kept his confidence up and is continuing to swing the bat well."

Fresno State's full week continues with a single game today against Sacramento State at Beiden Field, followed by a three-game Mountain West Conference weekend series with visiting Nevada starting Friday.

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