Diamond Dogs Take 2-of-3 from USC; Bullard Nabs 4 Seed

FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State baseball team pounded USC 14-3 on Sunday afternoon at Beiden Field for its most lopsided victory over the Trojans in school history.

"That was an outstanding turnaround weekend," Bulldogs' head coach Mike Batesole said. "The guys got together and turned it around. I am very happy with the way they did that, especially against a Pac-12 team that has beaten some good teams."

The Bulldogs' Aaron Judge, a 2013 Preseason All-American, produced another Sunday statement with four hits, including a triple, two doubles, and a single - just the home run away from recording the program's second cycle. Through the first three weeks of the season, Judge is 12-for-15 with nine RBI in Sunday games.

Fresno State (3-7) scorched USC starting pitcher Kyle Twoney for five runs in the bottom of the first to chase the southpaw after he faced 10 batters and never looked back.

The inning featured a bases-clearing double by the Bulldogs' senior catcher Austin Wynns, a gnarly collision at home plate and a pair of RBI singles to give Fresno State a 5-0 lead after one.

The 'Dogs added another in the second as Aaron Judge led off the frame by ripping a double to left field and moving over to third on Wynns' textbook sacrifice bunt. The 6-7 rightfielder then scored when Taylor Ward turned USC reliever Kyle Davis' 2-2 offering into a RBI single and pushed the lead to 6-0.{}

Fresno State chipped across two more in the third and erupted for six in the fifth to build a 14-0 lead after five innings of play.

USC (5-5) got on the board with all three of its runs in the sixth.

The Bulldogs' bullpen came through with 4.2 innings of scoreless relief to help Fresno State starter Tim Borst secure his first career victory.

"The coaching staff called a great game for us today," Borst said. "We've really put everything together these past two games. We are pushing each other and really working hard."

Freshman Blake Quinn made quite an impressive Bulldog debut by retiring the side in both the eighth and ninth innings to close out the dominant victory. The former Bullard High School standout struck out five of the six batters he faced and induced the other Trojan into a groundout.

The series win over USC marked Fresno State's first over the Trojans since winning two out of three in a postseason series between the schools during the 1988 NCAA West Regional.

Fresno State finishes its four-game homestand on Tuesday night when the 'Dogs host San Jose State at 6:35 p.m. PT.

Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics

The three time defending section champion, Bullard High School boys basketball team earns a four seed in the new, open division, at the{}CIF state tournament. They will host Westchester on Friday at 7:00. If they win, they must travel to top seeded Etiwanda.