Dogs Take 5 From Air Force, Brink Shines on Mound

FRESNO, Calif. --- Jordan Brink{}delivered yet another dominating outing and Chris Mariscal{}provided the big hit as Fresno State defeated Air Force 5-3 on Sunday afternoon to sweep the five-game Mountain West series at Beiden Field.

Brink, who was a star at the plate in the first four games of the series, went to the mound this time to overpower the Falcons. The sophomore threw his first-ever complete game, striking out a career-high 12 and allowing just seven hits and three runs for his third win of the season.

After falling behind 1-0 early, the `Dogs scored single runs in the second and third innings on a RBI-single by Taylor Tempel{}to score Jordan Luplow{}and sacrifice fly by Trent Garrison{}to plate Austin Wynns.

With Fresno State (13-24, 8-10 Mountain West) leading 2-1 in the fourth, Mariscal delivered the big blow that opened the game up. He took a pitch from Air Force starter Steven Trojan over the left field fence for a three-run home run to make it a 5-1 lead over Air Force (10-28, 4-14 MW). The long ball was Mariscal's first of the year.

Brink finished the series 8-for-13 (.615) at the plate with two doubles, three triples, seven RBI, three runs scored and a 1.231 slugging percentage to go along with his complete-game pitching victory.{}

Luplow also had a strong series at the plate. The sophomore from Clovis went 11-for-18 (.611) with a double, two triples, five RBI and five runs scored.

With the five-game series sweep, the `Dogs moved right back in to the thick of the Mountain West Conference race. They will head to San Diego State next weekend with a chance to move as high as second-place in the conference.

Fresno State returns to action Tuesday night at CSU Bakersfield for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.

Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics