March 4, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - The Bulldogs lost a tough battle on Friday Night, losing 5-3 to Cal Poly. The Bulldogs were mainly victimized by Mustang starter Garrett Olson. Olson, a junior from Clovis, pitched eight innings, allowing just four hits, and all of three of the runs given up were off of a Beau Mills home run in the eighth.
The much-anticipated battle between two aces started out looking like everything that it was supposed to be. Fresno State starter Matt Garza battled through some trouble, but recorded six strikeouts in five innings, and Garrett Olson was spectacular in eight innings, keeping the Bulldogs hitless through five innings and striking out twelve.
The Mustangs pulled ahead 1-0 in the fourth, as the Mustangs pushed Drew Gillmore around the bases after a leadoff double, but Garza and the Bulldogs got out of the inning after catching Jimmy Gardiner in a 243 rundown.
Things would fall apart in the fourth, and the Bulldogs would allow three runs after errors hurt the team and some close officiating calls did not go their way. Garza battled through two more innings, giving up just one more run, but five runs would be more than enough for Olson.
Even though his pitch count was rising, eventually totalling over 125, Olson kept the game under his control. DeAndre got the Bulldogs first base hit in the sixth, and Nick Moresi worked around to third after a leadoff single in the seventh, but no damage was done either inning.
Beau Mills made it a game with one swing off of Olson's only mistake in the eighth, crushing a ball to right center with Miller and Christian Vitters on to bring the score to 5-3. That was as close as the Bulldogs would get however. Mike Bille finished out the game with a hitless ninth to seal the victory for Cal Poly with his seventh save of the year.
Fresno State will look to even the series with a win on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs will start RHP Ryan Penn, who will face Cal Poly's Gary Daley. First pitch is at 1:05 in Beiden Field, for the second game of three.
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