First it was the starting lineup and then the reserves. By the time Fresno State was done Wednesday night, pretty much everyone was in on the party.
The Bulldogs routed visiting Wagner in the finale of a two-game series at Beiden Field, a 10-1 win ranking as the most lopsided of Fresno State’s victories this season.
Freshman Korby Batesole’s two-run double in the second got Fresno State (9-9) on the board and Manny Argomaniz pushed it to 4-0 an inning later with a two-run homer. Batesole had gotten off to a 1-for-16 start.
The combined pitching of Anthony Arias, Jimmy Lambert, Brennon Williams, Rickey Ramirez and Dominic Topoozian took it from there. Arias (1-0), a redshirt freshman looking to bounce back from an eight-run relief appearance in which he only got two outs against Oregon State, got the start, his first as a collegian, and allowed three hits in 52/3 innings while striking out seven.
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Wagner got its run in the fourth, but Fresno State put away the Seahawks (0-7-1) with a five-run seventh, highlighted by freshman Nick Warren’s pinch-hit bases-loaded triple.
• Fresno State junior Taylor Ward is on the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, which goes to the best NCAA Division I catcher. Semifinalists will be announced May 14 and three finalists June 2, with the winner announced June 25.
Ex-local wrestlers head to NCAA meet
Illinois freshman Isaiah Martinez, the former Lemoore High star, was seeded first in the 157-pound weight class for the NCAA Wrestling Championships, set for March 19-21 in St. Louis.
Martinez is 30-0 on the season after winning the Big Ten title Sunday. He will open the NCAAs against Army's Russell Parsons.
Illini teammate and ex-Clovis West standout Nikko Reyes, unseeded at 184, faces 13th-seeded Victor Avery of Edinboro.
Ex-Valley prep stars at NCAA D-II meet
Cal Baptist’s Elijah Barrows, an ex-Clovis West High standout, was 16th in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:22.37 at the NCAA D-II meet in Indianapolis.
Barrow’s other events at the four-day competition are the 500 and 1,650 free races. Lancers teammate Brent Teraoka (Buchanan) was 54th in 20.99 of the prelims of the 50 free. He is scheduled to swim on the 200 free relay.
Golf: ’Dogs take 5th
Oklahoma State and Texas A&M finished 1-2 and Fresno State was fifth as the team leaderboard showed little change after the final round of the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational golf tournament in Hawaii.
The Cowgirls (279-287-296) finished at 2-under 862, with the Aggies eight back.
A&M’s Marijosse Navarro (70-70-73-213) was the individual champ by a stroke. Fresno State’s Madchen Ly (76-68-72-216) tied for fifth.
Lacrosse team falls
Caroline Dineen-Carlson recorded her fourth hat trick of the year but the Fresno State lacrosse team fell to visiting Bryant 14-9.