Fresno State loses tough one, but Luplow makes immediate impact in return from shoulder injury

Fresno State blew a ninth-inning lead, giving up three runs to lose 9-8 on Friday to UNLV at Beiden Field in a game there were few bright spots for the Bulldogs, who are now just 7-19 and 2-6 in the Mountain West Conference.

One was the return of Jordan Luplow, who in his first plate appearance showed a bit of what they have been missing since he went down with a left shoulder injury in a victory last month over USC.

Luplow was in the lineup as the designated hitter, batting ninth. His first at-bat he fouled out to the catcher, but that came at the end of a 10-pitch battle with Rebels’ starter Erick Fedde. His next at-bat he struck out, but knocked eight more pitches off of Fedde’s pitch count. He ended the night with a RBI double in the seventh and another in the eighth, finishing 2 for 4 with two RBI.

”Nice to have him back, and it’s been five weeks since he had a live at-bat,” Coach Mike Batesole said. ”That’s why we hit him down at the bottom and we’ll probably do that all weekend, let him get his feet wet and get 10 or 12 at-bats, and then next weekend we’ll probably move him back into the middle of it. But we’ve been missing that for sure.”