Feb. 20, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State pitcher Greg Gonzalez shut down the Oregon State offense for six innings Sunday night and helped the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory. The Dogs are 2-0 on the season and finish the weekend series against the Beavers tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.
"That's an outstanding ball club in that dugout," said head coach Mike Batesole. "We had to pitch extremely well and play really good defense to get it done."
Both teams were held scoreless with solid pitching efforts, but the pitcher's duel was broken up with by Preseason All-WAC Outfielder Brennan Gowen's first home run of the season.
The Bulldogs had six hits on the night. Junior Chris Mallory led the team with two hits in two at-bats.
Gonzalez, a Preseason All-WAC selection, started on the mound for the Bulldogs. The senior sat down the first three batters in order. He allowed one run and two hits in seven innings. The senior struck out eight batters, which is two shy of his career best 10 strikeouts in a single game. He also earned the win.
"Gonzo was locating his fast ball really well and found his change-up early," said Batesole. "He is pretty tough when he's throwing both of those for a strike."
The Beavers were kept scoreless in the fourth inning with the help of a double play for the Bulldog infield.
Gowens launched a solo home run over the right center field fence giving the Dogs a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Freshman Aaron Judge led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to left field. He advanced to second on balk. Judge crossed home plate after senior Danny
Muno hit a single up the middle giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Oregon State got on the board with a run in the seventh inning trailing the Dogs 2-1.
Junior Charlie Robertson took over on the mound in the eighth inning and struck out three batters. He kept the Beaver offense at bay allowing no runs and no hits. Robertson recorded his first career save against Oregon state.
"Charlie coming and pounding the zone was big," said Batesole. "We can bring a guy like Charlie in and there is no use for another guy to get up."
The Bulldogs won the close game 2-1 over the Beavers.
The Dogs conclude opening weekend on Monday, Feb. 21 at 1:05 p.m. against Oregon State.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs conclude opening weekend hosting two-time national champions Oregon State on Monday, Feb. 21 at 1:05 p.m. Log on to gobulldogs.com for up-to-date information on Fresno State baseball.
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