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