March 8, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State won the old fashioned way on Tuesday, riding strong pitching and manufacturing runs to get the win. The Bulldogs stole four bases used three extra-base hits to get a 6-1 victory on the second day of the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic.
Sophomore Brandon Miller started for the Bulldogs, and got the first three batters to get the Bulldogs out of the first inning easily for the first time in a while. Taking a relaxed at that point, the Bulldogs scored two runs as Doug Fister squeezed a single down the right field line to get Christian Vitters and Ozzie Lewis across the plate who both reached on well placed bunts.
The damage after that was continued in little pieces. Nick Moresi scored after a Chase Moore double in the third, and two straight doubles from DeAndre Miller and Kent Sakamoto added another run in the fourth.
The Quakers got their only run of the game in the sixth inning, putting putting together two singles for a run. That was the only run that Miller would allow in one of the best outings of his career, tying his bests for innings pitched and strikeouts. He would end the day having pitched 7,0 innings, allowing five hits and one run, striking out five and walking one.
Dallas Baptist won the opener of the day on the strength of good days from Daniel Magness and starting pitcher Randall Taylor. Magness was two for four on the day and had four RBIs, good for over half of Dallas Baptist's total. Taylor was the workhorse for DBU, pitching 8.0 innings, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits.
Gonzaga continued to pound the ball in a 14-6 win against Penn State in the afternoon game. Bobby Carlson was 3-4 with a home run and a double while scoring four runs. The home run tied him with Penn State's Joe Blackburn for the tournament lead with two homers. Gonzaga was helped with a big inning in the fourth, when they scored five runs off of Penn State pitchers Alan Stidfole and Matt Carroll.
San Francisco continued their hot hitting in defeating Southern Utah 10-3 on Tuesday. The Dons lead the tournament in team batting average at .365, and showed it, scoring nine runs early and cruising to the win. The Dons will face the Bulldogs in the 7 p.m. feature Wednesday Night, in a game between tournament unbeatens.
The other games scheduled are Dallas Baptist vs. Penn State at 10 a.m., Southern Utah against Pennsylvania at 1 p.m., and Gonzaga against Monmouth at 4 p.m. All games are held at Beiden Field.
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