Feb. 21, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball remains perfect after beating Nebraska, 10-9, in 11 innings Sunday night. After a 58 minute rain delay the game went on and the Bulldogs are 3-0 to start the 2010 season.
Another early four run rally gave the Bulldogs the lead and the game went on to have six lead changes before the `Dogs came out on top.
The Bulldogs pitching staff struck out a combined nine batters. The Fresno State hitters are on fire batting .346.
Nebraska opened the first inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly taking the lead, 1-0. Poytress went on to strikeout two Husker batters to get out of the first inning.
In the second inning, the Bulldogs infield made a great defensive play by interrupting the squeeze play and got the double play to retire the side.
Jordan Ribera got on base in the second inning after getting hit by a pitch. Kaohu Gaspar saw four balls and reach base after getting walked and Ribera advanced to second base. Sophomore Trent Garrison loaded the bases with the second walk of the inning for the `Dogs. Isacc Vivas knocked out a single to right center allowing Ribera to score tying the game, 1-1.
With the bases loaded, Bobby Coyle grounded out, but Gaspar crossed home plate giving the Bulldogs the lead, 2-1.
Garrett Weber hit a single to shallow center earning two RBIs increasing Fresno State's lead, 4-1.
Poytress had a strong first outing of the season on the mound for the Bulldogs. The sophomore struck out a career-high and season-high five batters in five and third innings.
Nebraska tied the ball game, 4-4, in the fourth inning with a three-run home run.
The defense continued to shine even though the rain was falling off and on throughout the game. The Bulldogs turned a double play to end the top of the fifth inning. The Dogs have turned five double plays in the last three games.
The Huskers added three runs on three hits in the sixth inning to take the lead, 7-4.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Ribera led off with a single to left field. Gaspar followed with a single to right field advancing Ribera to third base. Garrison hit a sacrifice fly to center field allowing Ribera to score as the `Dogs trail, 7-5.
Weber got his second hit of the afternoon to lead off the seventh inning. He advanced to third base on a throwing error by the pitcher. Muno grounded out to first base as Weber scored and the Bulldogs trail, 7-6.
Nebraska scored one run in the eighth inning increasing their lead, 8-6. Garrison prevented the Huskers from scoring more runs by tagging back-to-back runners out at home plate.
For the second inning in a row, Weber led off with a single. Muno singled to center field and advanced to third base on an error by the center fielder. Weber scored on the play as Fresno State trailed, 8-7.
Robinson hit an RBI single allowing Muno to score and tying the game, 8-8.
Ribera hit a stand up double down the left field line. Pinch hitter Kenny Wise was intentionally walked. Nebraska's center fielder made a great diving catch sending the game into extra innings.
Junior Greg Gonzalez hit the mound in the 10th inning. He struck out a Nebraska batter to retire the inning and left two runners stranded in scoring position. In his debut on the mound, Gonzalez struck out four batters and earned the win.
In the top of the 11th inning Nebraska scored the go ahead run on a passed ball.
Muno led off the 11th inning with a walk. Gowens hit a stand up double to left field bringing home Muno to tie the game, 9-9. It is the second time this series that Gowens has hit in the tying run. The sophomore went 3-for-6 on the night.
The inning continued with Ribera getting intentionally walked. Gowens advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Designated hitter Kenny Wise walked to load the bases.
Gowens scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
" We Are Your Team!" The `Dogs wrap up the series against the Nebraska Cornhuskers Monday, Feb. 22 at 6:05 p.m. Season tickets are available and can be purchased through the Bulldog Ticket Office, gobulldogs.com or by calling 278-DOGS.
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