FRESNO STATE’S BRINK SHUTS DOWN #23 TEXAS A&M

Fresno StateJunior RHP Jordan Brink turned in his third solid outing of the young college baseball season, this time against 23rd-ranked Texas A&M, as the Fresno State baseball team continued its hot start. Brink went seven strong innings, giving up just one hit while striking out five Aggies and walking three, as Fresno State won the first game of a twinbill at Beiden Field, 5-0.

The unranked Bulldogs followed up with a 6-5 victory in the nightcap to push their record to 8-2, while stretching their current win streak to five. The Aggies came in as a ranked team with a 7-1 record, but are now 7-3 and look to salvage the series finale against the 2008 national champions on Sunday.

Brink came to Fresno State as both a pitcher and position player, and in his freshman and sophomore years, coach Mike Batesole put him into the lineup at 1B, DH and in the outfield, along with spot duty on the mound.

But in early going in 2014, the 6′ 1″ Fresno native with a mid-to-high 90’s fastball has been the hammer in the Bulldog starting rotation. After three starts, Brink is 2-0 with a 0.42 ERA.

Baseball America highlighted the Fresno State/A&M series in its Weekend Preview, noting the pitching matchup of Brink vs. A&M’s Daniel Mengden:

One of the weekend’s most intriguing pitching matchups pits Texas A&M junior righthander Daniel Mengden against Fresno State junior righty Jordan Brink. Both arrived in college as two-way players, and both have excelled since focusing exclusively on pitching. One scout who has seen Mengden this spring said he worked in the 90-95 mph range and showed an advanced changeup. He is pounding the strike zone with all of his pitches, posting a 20-4 K-BB mark in 13 innings to go along with a 1.38 ERA. Brink, who garnered scouting buzz heading into season by flashing 96 mph heat and a wipeout power breaking ball, is 1-0, 0.61 with 10 strikeouts and four walks in 15 innings.

This matchup went in Brink’s favor, as he teamed up with reliever Derick Velazquez on a shutout, while Mengden gave up five runs on seven hits over seven innings.

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