Feb. 28, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State (4-5) fell 7-1 to UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) on a chilly Tuesday night at Beiden Field. The Bulldogs battled at the plate against a Gauchos bullpen that put up career and season-high numbers.
UCSB took a 2-0 lead after stringing together hits in the top of the first inning.
Senior Patrick Hutcheson led off the Bulldogs lineup with a single though the left side on an 0-2 count. But then right-handed pitcher Matthew Vedo took control of the defense, picking up two of his season-high 10 strikeouts to end the inning. The senior gave up just one hit to the Bulldogs in seven innings pitched.
"[Vedo] has got a lot of good stuff," said Bulldogs head coach Mike Batesole. "That was about as good a pitching performance as you're going to see."
Fresno State was unable to find an answer at the plate and was held scoreless for eight innings. Senior Taylor Garrison took over on the mound for the Bulldogs in top of the ninth and struck out the side, giving the 'Dogs the spark they needed on offense.
Junior Daniel Moultrie pinch hit to start the inning. He walked on a full count and then stole second base to move into scoring position. With one out, Joe Woodward mishandled a hard ground ball by junior Justin Charles that rolled into the outfield. Moultrie sped his way around the bases to score, ending the shutout.
"You have to be ready when coach calls on you," said Moultrie of his at-bat. "I committed to scoring, so he would have had a double play if he had caught the ball."
Freshman William Munro received the loss after going 2.1 innings and striking out four.
The Bulldogs face No. 1 Stanford this weekend, Mar. 2-4. Fans can purchase season and single-game tickets online or by calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at 559-278-3647.
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