Fresno State suffered a brutal beginning Sunday after starting pitcher Tim Borst gave up four runs and never got out of the first inning.
But the Bulldogs rallied back with senior Manny Argomaniz providing a career-high five RBIs and Garrett Mundell throwing three shutout innings of relief for a 6-5 win at Air Force.
Fresno State (19-21, 10-8) avoided getting swept after losing the first two of the Mountain West series in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“It’s really tough to win here,” Argomaniz said in a news release. “It’s a tough place to play, and those guys definitely know how to play on their home turf.
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“So to come back from two disappointing losses yesterday and answer back with a win today was big for us.”
Argomaniz finished 3 for 4 and recorded all five of his RBIs during two-out situations.
Argomaniz tied the game 5-5 with an RBI single to left in the seventh. Then Taylor Ward scored the go-ahead run on a Kevin Viers single.
Mundell pitched the final three innings and allowed just one hit and didn’t issue a walk to earn his second save of the season. Dylan Lee (4-2) was awarded the win.
“It was a pressure situation coming into the game, but you try to not think about it,” Mundell said. “I was attacking. The defense did a great job and it just makes the pressure go away a little bit.”
Fresno State moved to 3-16 in away games and snapped an eight-game slide on the road.
Fresno City loses in extra innings
Fresno City’s Tucker Salles was called for catcher’s interference with two outs in the 10th inning as Taft scored the go-ahead run en route to a 4-3 win.
The Rams were plagued by crucial mistakes, committing four errors, including one in the seventh that eventually resulted in Taft scoring the tying run.
Fresno City’s Daniel Gardner and Scott Silva each went 2 for 3. Rams reliever Shane Desmond (1-1) took the loss despite striking out eight in the final four innings.
Fresno City (26-7, 18-3) has committed nine errors in its past two games combined.
• Josh Montelongo went 4 for 5 with two runs and four RBIs to highlight Reedley’s 17-hit performance in a 14-4 win against West Hills-Coalinga.
Reedley catcher Alan Crowley went 3 for 4 with four runs. Second baseman J.D. Coleman went 2 for 2 with a run and three RBIs. Right fielder Mark Trujillo went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs.
McKay McNair (3-5) got the win, striking out six in five innings. He allowed four runs (two earned) off eight hits and four walks.
Coalinga’s Adrian Flores finished 3 for 5 with an RBI.
• Cleanup hitter Blake Edmonson belted a grand slam with two outs in the fourth as part of College of the Sequoias’ 19-hit attack in beating Porterville 16-4.
COS led 14-0 after four innings. Edmonson finished 3 for 4 with three runs and five RBIs. COS pitcher Jonathon Molina (5-2) blanked Porterville for five innings.