Jan. 28, 2006
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Eddie Romero helped keep the Bulldogs close, allowing three runs while striking out six in 5.2 innings of work, but Fresno State was unable to take advantage of their chances, hitting into four double-plays as the Bulldogs fell at Baggett Stadium 4-1 on Saturday. Freshman Eric Wetzel had a big day for the Bulldogs, collecting his first hit on an RBI single in the third inning.
Cal Poly opened up the game ahead early, as Fresno State starter Eddie Romero got two soft groundouts to start the game, but his first hit was a long one, as Grant Desme hit a home run to left to give the Mustangs an early lead. The Bulldogs evened the score in the third inning with a little small ball, as catcher Frank LoNigro led off the inning with a single, was sacrificed over to second by Todd Sandell, and scored off of an RBI single from Eric Wetzel who came up with his first collegiate hit.
Both pitchers remained in control until the end of the sixth inning, when Romero began to get in a little trouble, walking Matt Cooper to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved Cooper to second, catcher Matt Canepa singled to give the Mustangs the lead, and scored himself on a single from leadoff hitter Brett Walker.
Fresno State began what looked to be just the answer back that they were looking for in the top half of the seventh. Loren Storey and Kent Sakamoto both hit solid singles through the infield to put two runners on with no outs, prompting a mound visit from Cal Poly coach Larry Lee. A long fly ball from Nick Moresi allowed Storey to move to third, but a sharp grounder from Christian Vitters was backhanded by Mustang second baseman Brett Walker, and Cal Poly turned the double play to get out of the inning
Cal Poly added an additional run late off of reliever Jason Breckley, making his first appearance of the year. The Bulldogs put together a rally in the ninth, as Matt Edgecombe walked in a pinch-hit appearance, and Steve Susdorf doubled to right-center to give the Bulldogs two runners in scoring position to start the inning. Cal Poly closer Rocky Roquet shut the door on the rally though, striking out Loren Storey and Kent Sakamoto before getting Nick Moresi to ground out to shortstop to end the game.
The Bulldogs will look to salvage a split with the Mustangs in the series finale tomorrow, when Fresno City transfer Andy Underwood takes the hill for the first time for the Bulldogs. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. local time.
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