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Fresno State baseball: Bulldogs bolt to early lead and whip No. 17 Long Beach State 10-5

The Fresno Bee

Aarun Arruda’s two-run double highlighted a four-run first inning and Jesse Medrano drove in four runs as Fresno State never trailed in a 10-5 nonleague win over Baseball America’s 17th-ranked Long Beach State Tuesday night at Beiden Field.

This came three weeks after the Bulldogs (17-8) failed to secure a 3-0 lead in a 4-3 loss at Long Beach State.

Zack Domingues, the Dirtbags’ senior third baseman from El Diamante High and Cuesta College, went 4-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in that one. He went 1-for-2 and scored a run Tuesday night after arriving with a team-leading .377 batting average. And this followed a .183 junior season.

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Fresno State remained in control against Long Beach State (16-8) of the Big West Conference this time with an offense that pounded away against four pitchers, featuring Brody Russell (3-4, three runs, two RBIs), Arruda (2-5, three runs, two RBIs) and Medrano (2-2).

Russell, a senior center fielder from Bakersfield coming off a 9-for-14 series at San Jose State that vaulted his average to a team-best .372, followed Zach Ashford’s leadoff infield single and Jake Stone’s full-count walk with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead in the first.

Arruda, a sophomore first baseman from Buchanan, then drove a two-run double down the left-field line. Austin Guibor sacrificed and Medrano duplicated Arruda’s shot by hooking another double inside the chalk for the 4-0 lead off Dave Smith. The 6-foot-4 junior right-hander from Cosumnes River College was shelled for eight hits and six runs in three innings after earning the win over the Bulldogs in their first meeting.

Tim Borst and Dylan Lee combined for two hitless innings to close it for Fresno State.

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  • Series: 6:05 p.m. Friday, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Sunday
  • Records: Bulldogs 17-8, 6-3 MW; Falcons 13-5, 4-1
  • Webcast/radio: Mountain West Network/KFIG (AM 940)