Senior Salute

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    Detwiler CWS.JPGAt the end of each college sports season, fans and friends gather to say farewell to the outstanding senior class.

    This weekend's commencement ceremonies on campus honored thousands of students. Graduation is a special time in the lives of young people. It's a time to celebrate a lot of hard work over the years, a chance to look back and reflect, and equally important, a chance to look ahead to the future.

    It's fitting that this weekend includes "Senior Day" for five outstanding Bulldog baseball players.

    College student-athletes are most often celebrated for the here and now. Their careers end after four years. Ask anyone of them and they will tell you it goes by fast.

    For two of the seniors, it seems like yesterday they were in Omaha playing key roles in the Bulldogs winning the College World Series title. That was 2008, just two years ago. Today they are on Beiden Field for the last time.

    Outfielder Steve Detwiler and Sean Bonesteele, along with two-year players Zac Bischoff, Isacc Vivas and Matt Morse are being honored before the game.

    Detwiler was the hero of the 2008 national championship game, hitting two homeruns and driving in all six of the Dog's runs in a 6-1 victory over Georgia at historic Rosenblatt Stadium. Bonesteele, Fresno State's top thrower out of the bullpen this season, played an important role for the Dogs in their run to Omaha as a sophomore relief pitcher.

    These two have four WAC titles and a national championship under their belts and will leave campus with a college degree within the next six months. That's a lot of productivity and certainly more than either imagined when they signed to play for the Bulldogs four years ago.

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    Its been a whole lotta fun watching Bulldog Baseball for myself and my family this year. We are sorry to see you seniors go. I wish youn's the best of luck in your futures and may you find exactly what you seek. Great times and happy travels forever.

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