March 6, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State ended a weekend series with Cal Poly on a down note, losing 9-7 despite hitting three homeruns on the day. Sophomore Christian Vitters was 2-4 with a homerun and two runs scored, Chase Moore added his second blast of the year, and freshman catcher Ryan Overland hit his first career home run. In the end, though, Cal Poly had the answers despite the Bulldogs power.
The Mustangs jumped out in front right away, scoring three runs in the first frame, forcing the Bulldogs to fight from behind again. Josh Lansford hit a three-run homerun to get things going for Cal Poly before the Bulldogs had an out. Fresno State starting pitcher finished the inning without allowing any more runs.
In what would be a theme, the Bulldogs pulled within one of Cal Poly after DeAndre Miller walked and Christian Vitters hit his second home run of the year to get the score to 3-2. The Mustangs would add single runs in the second, third and fifth innings to stretch the lead to 6-2. As in the first inning however, the Bulldogs scored three in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to one.
Chase Moore started the inning off with a solo home run off of Mustang starter Jimmy Shull. Shull then got Ryan Overland on a long fly to right field, but DeAndre Miller singled up the middle, and Christian Vitters walked. Beau Mills was retired, but Nick Moresi hit a RBI single, followed by David Gomez who singled to score Vitters.
The teams traded home runs in the sixth from the Mustang's Matt Cooper and Fresno State's Ryan Overland for a 7-6 game, but Cal Poly would again keep ahead of the Bulldogs, scoring two runs in the seventh when Sean Alexander hit a two-run home run off of Matt Cooper.
Fresno State would threaten again in the ninth. DeAndre Miller was hit by Cal Poly closer Mike Bille, advanced to second, and scored after Christian Vitters hit a liner up the middle. Bille would settle down and retire Fresno State's 3-4-5 hitters to end the game.
The Bulldogs continue their imitation of the big-leaguers, as they play their fourth game in as many days, starting Pepsi/Johnny Quik tournament play tomorrow at 7 p.m. Games for the tournament run all day at Beiden Field, and begin at 10 a.m.
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