Feb. 28, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State Bulldog baseball team opened up with a tough first game Thursday, dropping a 14-4 decision to the Golden Bears.
The Bulldogs got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the top half of the first inning. A couple of veterans, shortstop Erik Wetzel and left fielder Steve Susdorf, led the charge for the Bulldogs, collecting three of the teams' seven hits, all for doubles.
Susdorf went 2-for-3 in the game, including two doubles, a run scored and an RBI for the Bulldogs before being lifted for a pinch-hitter late in the game. Susdorf is the Bulldogs top batter among starters with a .375 average.
Fresno State starter Justin Wilson struggled to get settled in on the mound as he allowed a pair of runs in the first and third innings before getting chased in the fifth. Bulldog relievers allowed nine additional runs after Wilson's exit, making it a tough climb back into the game for the Bulldogs.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Fresno State was just two runs shy of a tie ballgame, but a five-run sixth and three-run seventh gave Cal the lead for good.
Defensively, the Bulldogs played another clean game, playing an errorless game for second straight game.
For both teams, plenty of runners reached base free of charge as four Bulldogs were hit by a pitch, compared to three on the Golden Bears side. Additionally, Cal issued six free passes via the walk to Fresno State batters, while the Bulldogs walked 11 Cal batters in their eight innings of work.
Fresno State will try to rebound tomorrow against No. 17 San Diego for a scheduled 2 p.m. start.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State baseball team will face San Diego on Friday, February 29 at 2 p.m at Cunningham Field. Then the `Dogs shift to Tony Gwynn Stadium to take on Cal Poly on Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m. and San Diego State on Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m. The `Dogs will begin an eight game home stand March 8 featuring two games against Indiana before the six-team Pepsi/Johnny Quik Tournament March 10-15. For information on an All-Tournament ticket package, log on to www.gobulldogs.com and click on Tickets.
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