Bulldogs Cruise Past Cal, 18-1
Feb. 22, 2004
FRESNO, Calif. - Paced by a 24-hit attack including eight for extra bases, Fresno State routed Cal 18-1 in the series finale Sunday at Beiden Field. The 18 runs were the highest output for the Bulldogs since March 14, 2002 against Fordham (18-8).
With the win, the Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 4-7 on the year while the Golden Bears dropped to 7-5 overall. Fresno State also halted a four-game skid against Cal.
Following an hour and 20 minute rain delay, the Bulldog offense did not waste any time plating three runs in the first inning off Cal starter Kyle Crist who was lifted with one out in the first. Crist (1-2) surrendered three runs on five hits including run scoring hits by sophomore outfielder Richie Robnett, sophomore designated hitter Kent Sakamoto and senior catcher Brandon Marcelli. Robnett was 3-6 with two doubles to give him a team-leading eight two baggers on the season.
Cal trimmed the lead to 3-1 on a RBI double by Brennan Boesch in the second off Fresno State starter Brandon Miller. Making his first career starter, Miller (1-0) scattered a run on six hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings to earn his first collegiate victory.
With all nine position starters collecting at least one hit each, the Bulldogs scored in six of their eight innings including season high five-run outbursts in the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth, freshman infielder Christian Vitters highlighted the rally with a two-out grand slam to right field. Freshman DeAndre Miller socked his first career round tripper with a three-run blast in the seventh.
The Bulldogs pounded out six doubles on the afternoon, two shy of the school record. Cal pitchers uncorked six wild pitches, the most ever by a Fresno State opponent.
James Holder (2-4), Chris Errecart (2-4) and James Holder (2-4) each tallied two hits for Cal.
Fresno State wraps up its five-game homestand Tuesday when it plays host to Cal Poly at 6:30 p.m.
California 010 000 000 - 1 10 3 Fresno State 322 050 51x - 18 24 0B. Miller, Garza (6), Scott (8), Ball, and Marcelli and Pierce (7); Crist, Brown (1), Trafton (3), Swanson (6), Johnson (7), Read (7), Ingram (8), and Grossman and Bussiere (8). W- B. Miller (1-0). L- Crist (1-2). S- None. Hrs: FS: Vitters (2), D. Miller (1); Cal: None. T: 3:32. Att: 2156.