Feb. 24, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Though Mother Nature did her part, the Fresno State Bulldogs and UC Davis Aggies battled through mud, puddles, wind, persistent rain and a two-hour rain delay.
It would be the Bulldogs who would come away victorious by a score of 6-3 after nearly five hours elapsing from first pitch to the final out. Fresno State's four-run first inning set the tone for the game's first two and a half innings, when the tarp was pulled onto the field.
Fresno State junior Justin Miller made his first career start as a Bulldog and logged three innings pitched, while striking out four UC Davis batters. However, Miller did not return to the mound and thus was in eligible to earn the victory.
As the two teams resigned to their respective clubhouse during the rain delay, large amounts of water began to accumulate in the outfield, creating a splash each time an outfielder took a step. When the tarp was put away and the game resumed, the rain became stronger and created a slick, muddy infield.
Reekers resumed throwing for the Aggies and held the Bulldogs scoreless for the next five innings. In that span, UC Davis climbed back into the game with a two-run fifth inning off of Fresno pitcher Brandon Burke.
But Burke would settle down and shut the door on the Aggies for the next four and two-thirds innings, earning the victory allowing closer Jason Breckley to come in and get the final out for the save.
All nine hits for the Bulldogs came as singles, with catcher Danny Grubb and the shortstop Sandell picking up two each. Seven of the nine Bulldogs batters had a hit in the game.
Fresno State's defense remained constant throughout the ballgame, committing no errors despite the extreme elements on the field. That defense allowed the Bulldogs to escape two scoring threats by the Aggies, including a bases loaded, one-out situation that wound up being a double-play to end the sixth inning.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve their record to 2-2 and will now hit the road for four games in San Diego with games against Cal, San Diego, San Diego State and Cal Poly, beginning Friday.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State baseball team continues their weekend home series against UC Davis in a doubleheader on Saturday, February 23 beginning at 2:05 p.m. and a single game Sunday, February 24 at 2:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (559) 485-TIX, in person at the Bulldog box office or at Beiden Field on game day.
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