Feb. 19, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Keeping close for the entire game, Fresno State lost a 5-3 decision to the visiting UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on a blustery Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs had six hits and a good start from junior Matt Garza, but the Gauchos prevailed in the end.
Fresno State scored the first run in the game after David Gomez led off the second inning with a double, his fourth of the year. The Bulldogs went to a little small ball, as Nick Moresi laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Gomez to third, and a grounder from Christian Vitters gave Gomez the run after a close play at the plate.
UCSB answered back in the third, scoring two runs off of Fresno State starter Matt Garza. The Gauchos placed runners on first and second, and after a wild pitch to advance the pair a base apiece, Matt Wilkerson hit a two-run single to give UCSB the lead. Those were the only runs that Garza would surrender, in what was his best start of the season, going 5.0 innings while striking out six Gaucho batters and giving up just those two runs.
The Bulldogs answered back in the fourth to tie the ballgame back up at two, manufacturing another run with groundouts and a Nick Moresi single after freshman Steve Susdorf hit a leadoff single, one of his two hits for the game. Susdorf would finish the day hitting 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
After getting the first two outs in the sixth, Brandon Miller walked the third batter he faced and got a flyball to left, but Susdorf misplayed the ball and UCSB went on to have a big inning, scoring three runs, which would be all that they needed. Fresno State would add a run in the bottom of the ninth, but the damage was done.
Michael Martin picked up the win for the Gauchos in a complete game, his first of the season, as well as his first win. Aside from pitching the full nine, Martin allowed three runs while striking out four, giving up six hits and walking just one Fresno batter.
Fresno State and UCSB close out their series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m., in the third game at Beiden Field. Two rightie's will face off against each other, as Santa Barbara's Andy Graham (2-0,, 1.50 ERA) takes on Fresno State's Doug Fister (0-1, 5.23 ERA).
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