March 5, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - One bad inning again submarined the Bulldogs, losing to Cal Poly 7-3 on Saturday. Fresno State starting pitcher Ryan Penn was nearly the equal of Mustang starter Gary Daley, but four errors from the Bulldogs led to 5 Mustang runs, which were the difference in what was a closer ballgame than it seemed.
The Mustangs took advantage of every opportunity the Bulldog defense gave them, however, as each inning they scored included unearned runs to Penn. The first was in the second inning. Kyle Blumenthal reached off of an error and made it around the bases from a walk and a single, and scored as the Bulldogs turned a double play that would have gotten them out of the inning.
The trouble continued in the third inning, where bunt defense was a problem for the Dogs. Cal Poly started the inning with a single, and kept using bunts to advance the runners. A combination of good bunting and defensive slips led to two errors from misplayed bunts, and Cal Poly added four runs to get to a 5-0 lead.
The Bulldogs responded in the bottom half of the inning. DeAndre Miller drew a leadoff walk, Christian Vitters singled, and Beau Mills walked to load the bases for the Bulldogs. Nick Moresi hit a two-run single, advancing Mills to third, who scored off of a Kent Sakamoto sacrifice fly to make the score 5-3.
In the end, errors would again get to the Bulldogs. Fresno State allowed the two leadoff batters on in the fifth, and another error on a sacrifice allowed the runner to reach base. Left-hander Eddie Romero would get the next two outs from excellent defensive plays by Will Thomas and Doug Fister without scoring a run. The Bulldogs looked to be out of the inning as Chris Golik bounced a grounder to short, but the ball hit the lip of the grass, bouncing over Christian Vitters' head for a two-run single.
Romero would get through the rest of the inning and the game without incident, but the damage was done. Gary Daley picked up the win for Cal Poly, his first of the year. Rocky Roquet finished out the game for the Mustangs.
The teams will face each other one more time tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. After that the Bulldogs will play six more days straight as the 2005 Pepsi/Johnny Quik tournament begins at Beiden Field. Fresno State will play at 7 p.m. to begin the week.
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