Fresno State baseball claims eight All-Mountain West student-athletes, MW Co-Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year.
Fresno State tops Creighton 2-1 to start the season 2-0 for the third consecutive year. Head coach Mike Batesole becomes the 38th-active head coach in Division I to reach 700 career wins.
Taylor Ward delivered two, two-out RBI singles to secure Mike Batesole's 400th career win as Tim Borst tossed a shutout
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Fresno State baseball team winning the 2008 national championship.
Fresno State's Aaron Judge collected his second All-American accolade with the American Baseball Coaches Association naming the Bulldogs' outfielder a third-team All-American.
Fresno State vs. Nevada
Fresno State head coaches flipped pancakes and helped serve at the 37th annual Vintage Days Pancake Breakfast.
The Dugout Club held their annual Double Play Dinner to honor the past and introduce the present Bulldog baseball team.
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Mike Batesole, a two-time National Coach of the Year, enters his 14th season as the head coach of the Fresno State Bulldogs.
Under Batesole, the Bulldogs were put on stage in front of the nation and captured America's hearts as he took the Bulldogs from underdogs to wonderdogs in 2008 to claim the school's first Division I national championship for any men's sport. His Bulldogs won seven-straight conference titles from 2005-12 and made six NCAA appearances in that time, advancing to the regional title game three times before winning the National Championship.
Most recently, Batesole’s Bulldogs finished third in the Mountain West with a 18-12 record and a 31-28 overall mark in their third season in the league. Fresno State got off to a great start in 2015, sweeping its season opening three-game series against 2014 College World Series participant UC Irvine. The ‘Dogs posted a 20-8 mark at Beiden Field, and featured MW sweeps over UNLV and San Jose State in Fresno.
After Fresno State had six Bulldogs drafted in the 2014 MLB draft, the ‘Dogs added three more draft selections in the 2015 MLB draft. Junior catcher Taylor Ward became the fifth first-round selection to play under Batesole as the Oviedo, Fla., native became the highest drafted catcher in Fresno State program history after he was the 26th overall selection by the Los Angeles Angels. Junior pitcher Jake Shull (11th Rd., Detriot Tigers) and senior pitcher Garrett Mundell (23rd Rd., New York Yankees) were also selected.
In Batesole’s 14-year tenure, the skipper has produced a total of 64 players who have been selected in the annual Major League Baseball draft.
Dedicated not only to excellence on the diamond but in the classroom as well, Batesole saw 16 Bulldogs earn academic all-conference honors in 2015. Additionally, four Diamond Dogs were celebrated with the Mountain West Scholar Athlete honor, which recognizes student athletes that maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or better. Overall, Batesole has had 114 student athletes receive all-academic selections.
The Bulldogs went 28-29 in 2014 as the 'Dogs finished fifth in the Mountain West with a 13-17 overall mark.
The 'Dogs went on to have six players drafted in the 2014 draft as the 15th named All-American under Batesole's tutelage, right fielder Jordan Luplow, led the way as a third-round selection (100th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Clovis, Calif. native led the MW with a .377 batting average in 57 games and owned a .470 batting average in 30 conference games, setting a league record for juniors. He was the 2014 Mountain West Player of the Year, a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. Luplow joined a group of exceptional former Bulldogs who have also been selected by the Pirates organization, which includes Tanner Scheppers (2008, Rd. 2) Justin Wilson (2008, Rd. 5) and Josh Poytress (2011, Rd. 18).
The next five selected in the draft were Derick Velazquez (7th Rd., Houston Astros), Jordan Brink (11th Rd., Chicago Cubs), Chris Mariscal (14th Rd., Seattle Marines), Garrett Mundell (18th Rd., Arizona Diamondbacks) and Trent Woodward (20th Rd., Houston Astros). Of the six Bulldogs selected in the 2014 MLB Draft, five went on to pursue their professional careers while Mundell elected to return to Fresno State for his senior season.
In 2013, Batesole led the Bulldogs to a fourth place finish and a 14-16 Mountain West conference record in their inaugural season in the conference in 2013. Batesole guided 19 underclassmen on a roster of 26 to close out the season winning 15 of its final 26 games that included two wins in the conference tournament before being eliminated by MW tournament champion San Diego State. The loss dropped Batesole to an 18-5 record in elimination games since the 2008 run to the National Championship.
Fresno State would go on to have five Bulldogs drafted in the MLB draft a few weeks later, which included first-round selection Aaron Judge (32nd overall) to the New York Yankees. Judge was the 12th Bulldog to be taken the first round of the MLB amateur draft since 1972 and third under Batesole. Matt Garza was selected by the Minnesota Twins as the 25th overall pick in the 2005 draft and Richie Robnett was picked in the first round by the Oakland A's after an All-American campaign with the Bulldogs in 2004.
Judge also garnered All-American honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), while Blake Quinn was named a freshman All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Prior to the start of Fresno State's first Mountain West baseball tournament, the conference announced three Bulldogs were selected as All-MW selections as voted on by the league coaches. Quinn picked up co-Freshman of the Year, while Judge was named a first-team selection and Chris Mariscal was named second-team All-MW. Batesole has coached 50 first-team all-conference selections in his time at Fresno State.
In 2012, the 'Dogs capped off its dynamic run in the WAC with its seventh consecutive conference championship in dramatic fashion, defeating Sacramento State 4-3 in 13 innings. Since the run began in 2006, Batesole finished with a 27-4 record in WAC tournament games. Five Bulldogs would be named to the all-tournament team and freshman Jordan Luplow received tournament MVP honors for his heroic walk-off winner in the championship game.
In 2011, Batesole coached three All-Americans as Greg Gonzalez and Dusty Robinson were named to the Louisville Slugger All-American first and third teams, respectively, while Aaron Judge was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
Nine Bulldogs were named to 2011 All-WAC teams with Robinson, Gonzalez and Judge taking home the top honors. Robinson was named WAC Player of the Year (the fourth-straight Bulldog named top conference player), Gonzalez pitcher of the year and Judge freshman of the year. After an award-filled season, it was no surprise when 10 'Dogs were selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.
During his career in the WAC, Batesole coached two male athletes of the year, seven players of the year, three pitchers of the year, three freshmen of the year and 66 All-WAC team members.
The 'Dogs also had a multi-year Academic Progress Rate of 983 out of 1000 in 2011.
In 2010, he was named the WAC Coach of the Year, while Bobby Coyle, Gonzalez, Ribera and Robinson were named first-team All-WAC. Also earning all-conference awards that year were Weber, Poytress and Muno. Ribera was the third consecutive Bulldog to be named WAC Player of the Year.
Ribera led the nation in home runs under Batesole with 27 and was named an All-American by several publications, making him the sixth Bulldog, at the time, to earn All-American honors since Batesole started at Fresno State.
Two Bulldogs were selected in the 2010 MLB draft. Coyle in the 10th round to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Muno in the 28th round to the Chicago Cubs.
The 'Dogs also had a multi-year Academic Progress Rate of 976 out of 1000 in 2010.
In 2009, the Bulldogs brought back a little magic from the 2008 season and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in school history. Fresno State was one of only four teams in the Western Region to make four-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
That same season, the Bulldogs compiled a 12-12 WAC record and a 32-30 overall record with 22 newcomers on the squad. Batesole earned his 500th career victory on May 14, 2009, with a 15-7 win over Sacramento State. Batesole's team had four first-team All-WAC selections in Mendonca, Muno, Sprague and Robinson and four players taken in the 2009 MLB draft. Mendonca earned several All-American honors, while Robinson was named a freshman All-American.
Batesole led the Bulldogs to a historical 2008 season after defying the odds and beating six ranked teams and facing six elimination games to win the program's first-ever National Championship. That season saw six 'Dogs drafted to Major League Baseball.
Batesole earned three additional National Coach of the Year accolades that year from the American Baseball Coaches Association, FieldTurf and the National College Baseball Writers Association.
The Bulldogs captured their third-consecutive WAC championship in 2008 and finished the postseason run with an overall record of 47-31. Six Bulldogs were drafted in the 2008 MLB draft. Batesole earned four National Coach of the Year accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association, FieldTurf, the National College Baseball Writers Association and, for the second time, from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Fresno State saw five players earn first-team All-WAC honors in 2008. Under Batesole, Susdorf earned Player of the Year, Muno was named Freshman of the Year and Scheppers became the Pitcher of the Year. Batesole also shared the WAC Coach of the Year title. The 2008 postseason run was the 'Dogs fourth appearance at the College World Series and first National Championship.
The Bulldogs took home a WAC Championship in 2007 and, for the first time in school history, won back- to-back WAC league and tournament championships. The Bulldogs finished with a 17-7 conference mark and a 38-29 overall record. Fresno State captured the title in 2006, producing one of the best records in school history at 45-18. In addition, Batesole has continued the success of producing quality prospects. Four members of the Fresno State program were drafted in the 2007 MLB draft in Susdorf, Brandon Miller, Brian Lapin and Ozzie Lewis. Batesole also generated six first-team All-WAC selections, one less than the 2006 team.
The WAC Tournament win in 2006 was the first in the program's history. The Bulldogs reached the postseason for the second time since 2001 with one win against San Diego and another against Minnesota and two losses against Cal State Fullerton. The 2006 Bulldog team closed out the year with the program's 31st-straight season at .500 or above.
In 2003, Batesole became the third head coach at Fresno State since 1948 and the eighth skipper overall in the program's 82-year history. In his first year, Batesole guided the Bulldogs to their 27th consecutive winning season and 16th-straight campaign with 30 or more wins with a 30-29 record. A season-high nine-game winning streak, that included the school's 13th Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic title, highlighted the year. Under his tutelage, five Bulldogs earned All-WAC honors.
Batesole joined the Bulldogs after spending seven seasons as head coach at Cal State Northridge. During his tenure, the Matadors captured a Western Athletic Conference (1996) and Big West Conference title (2002). The Matadors made two NCAA Tournament appearances under Batesole and were eliminated by J.D. Drew and the Florida State Seminoles in the NCAA Tournament Regionals in 1996.
In 2002, the Matadors finished first in the conference in home runs (89), RBIs (392), slugging percentage (.503), on-base percentage (.413) and walks (298). The squad featured nine All-Big West selections, including the conference's Player of the Year, Eric Verbryke. Cal State Northridge was ranked as high as 15th in the national polls.
His career record of 256-158-1 at Northridge ranks him second all-time in program history. His .620 winning percentage also ranks as the best ever in school history. Batesole reached the 250-win mark May 5, 2002, with a 10-3 victory against Pacific.
In Batesole's seven years at Cal State Northridge, 37 of his players made it to the professional ranks.
His desire to win was evident the moment Batesole took the helm at Northridge, when he led the 1996 squad to 19 wins in its first 20 games. He reached the 100-win and 200-win plateaus faster than any other coach in Northridge history.
In 1998, Batesole led a team made up primarily of freshmen and junior college transfers to a 37-19 record. Although predicted to be a rebuilding year for the Matadors, the squad set a program record by winning 16 consecutive games and finished the season ranked in the top 30 by several publications. Northridge won 25 of its final 27 games, including wins over Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton and UCLA. For his team's incredible turnaround, Batesole was named Collegiate Baseball's National Coach of the Year.
His drive to take Northridge to the College World Series can be traced to his first season as head coach in 1996. That season, he led the Matadors to their first ever Western Athletic Conference title. The team defeated Mississippi State and Stanford before falling one day short of the College World Series in a loss to Florida State in the West Region Final. The squad set 43 school records, highlighted by 52 wins, 129 home runs and 576 RBIs. Cal State Northridge was ranked as high as third in the nation and finished the season ranked tenth in three polls.
In his first two seasons at Northridge, the squad led the nation in total wins with a record of 94-38-1. Before taking the reins as head coach, Batesole was an assistant for two years under Bill Kernen, where he worked with the Matador infielders and ran the offense.
Batesole earned a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 1990 and received his Master's Degree in Biomechanics in 1992. During his stay at Fullerton, Batesole became an instructor in the Department of Health and Physical Education. His teaching experience also includes time at Cypress College, the North Orange County Community College District and Orange Coast College.
A major reason Batesole has been one of the most successful coaches in the nation comes from the lessons he learned on the field as a professional and All-American player. As a hard-hitting third baseman, Batesole spent four seasons playing professionally in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system from 1985-88. He was named to the Florida State League All-Star team in 1987 and played for the Dodgers' Double-A team in San Antonio, Texas in 1988.
Batesole earned Summer League All-America honors and became a member of the U.S.A. Baseball Team in 1984. He put together an impressive season as a member of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in 1983, finishing with 30 home runs and 140 RBIs over a 12 month period.
A native of Anaheim, Calif., Batesole played shortstop for Garden Grove High School where he earned All-Garden Grove Conference and All-Orange County honors. He finished his senior season in 1982 with an incredible .500 batting average and 24 doubles. Batesole then was a standout player at Oral Roberts where he finished his tenure ranked third in school history in career home runs.
Batesole lives in Fresno with his wife Susie and they have four children - Kassy, Kally, Kody and Korby.
Two-time Collegiate Baseball National Coach of the Year (1998, 2008)
Named 2008 National Coach of the Year by American Baseball Coaches Association, National College Baseball Writers Association and FieldTurf.
Two-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
2002 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
Had school's first ESPY nomination for "Biggest Upset" in 2008
700th career win against Creighton (2-1) on February 20, 2016
600th career win against Cal Poly (5-3) on April 17, 2012
500th career win against Sacramento State (15-7) on May 14, 2009
400th career win against Iowa on March 13, 2007 (14-6)
400th career Fresno State win against UNLV on April 5, 2014 (2-0)
300th career win against Louisiana Tech on April 4, 2004 (12-4)
100th win as a Bulldog against Portland on March 5, 2006
Third head coach in Fresno State history to have over 100 wins (Bob Bennett-1,302; Pete Beiden-601)
Championships/Titles National Championship ('08)
Seven WAC Championships ('06,'07,'08,'09,'10,'11,'12)
Big West Championship ('02)
Five Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic titles
Student-Athlete National Awards/Honors
64 players selected in MLB draft
50 First-Team All-Conference selections
Seven Freshman All-Americans
Six National Players of the Week
College World Series Most Valuable Player
Five College World Series Tournament Team members
Student-Athlete Conference Awards/Honors
Two WAC Male Athletes of the Year
Seven Conference Player of the Year
Three Conference Pitchers of the Year
Four Conference Freshmen of the Year
66 All-WAC team members
Five All-MW team members
69 Academic All-WAC student-athletes
29 Academic All-MW student-athletes
Capital One Academic All-District team member (2014)
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