Mendonca's Big Bat Leads Dogs over Hoosiers
March 8, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Tommy Mendonca hit two home runs, his third and fourth of the season, producing five runs as the Bulldogs opened an eight-game home stand over Big 10 foe Indiana. The Dogs and Hoosiers will be their second game of the two-game set Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.
Junior Tanner Scheppers continued to dominate on the mound, adding 10 strikeouts in six innings of work. He has 29 strikeouts through 19 innings this season, leading the Western Athletic Conference. He worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth, allowing his only run of the game. His record now stands at 2-1.
The Dogs improved to 13-4 all-time against teams from the Big 10. This was the first meeting between these two schools.
In the fourth, in a scoreless game, Mendonca hit a long ball to left center field, the deepest part of Beiden Field. Initially, it appeared to be a long out, but the ball carried, and carried until it gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. It was Mendoca's third homer of the season and the 13th of his career.
His second shot left no doubt, easily clearing the right centerfield fence in the eighth. His five RBIs tied a career-high.
Fresno State manufactured a run to answer an Indiana score in the bottom of the fifth. Eric Wetzel led off the inning on an error. He stole second and third, before scoring on an Alan Ahmady single. It gives Wetzel three stolen bases for the season.
Reliever Holden Sprague pitched two scoreless innings for the Bulldogs to preserve the lead. Clayton Allison closed out the game, inducing a double play to get out of a bases loaded situation. He earned his first save of the year.
Indiana collected nine hits, but was plagued by 13 runners left on base. The Hoosiers also committed three errors. The Dogs, the WAC's top defensive team, did not commit an error in the game.
The same two teams close out the two-game series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Then, Fresno state will host the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic, starting Monday.
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