Feb. 27, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - In a true team effort, the Diamond Dogs dominated in every way against the Chicago State Cougars on Sunday. Five pitchers held Chicago State to just one hit, while the offense exploded for 26 runs, and set or tied two school records, including DeAndre Miller's five walks. Miller reached base all seven times he stepped to the plate, also hitting a single and getting hit by a pitch.
The Diamond Dogs controlled the game on Sunday in every way. Frenso State starting pitcher started things off by striking out the side in the first inning on the way to 5.0 good innings. Fister would only allow a bloop single in the fourth, while striking out five, and four Fresno relievers came in to finish the job without giving up a hit.
Offensively, everything started at the top of the order with 1-2 hitters DeAndre Miller and Christian Vitters. Miller, who reached base all seven times he came to the plate including five walks, and Vitters responded with runners on, hitting 3-5 and with three RBIs, and scored six runs, tying a school record set in 1979 by Brad Bennett. Beau Mills was also heavily involved in the offense, hitting a triple a double and two singles for eight RBIs, just one shy of the school record.
Mills was just one of two Bulldog hitters to get an extra-base hit on the day. The other was a double in the seventh from seldom-played catcher Raoul Lievanos, who made the most of his opportunity to show what he could do, batting 2-3 and knocking in three runs.
Lievanos wasn't the only Fresno batter who enjoyed the seventh inning. The Bulldogs were already in control of the game with an 11-0 lead entering the frame, but David Ondo had a particularly bad outing for the Cougars. Ondo, who only recorded one out, faced twelve batters and gave up 11 runs, though he was victimized by two errors from his defense which would have helped him get out of the inning.
Fresno State finished the series outscoring the Cougars 56-7 to help complete their first series sweep this season. The Bulldogs will take a five-game winning streak into Tuesday, where they will face Loyola Marymount at 6 p.m., followed by a three-game series against Cal Poly. All four games will be held at Beiden Field, part of a 27-game homestand.
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