March 9, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - A day before the Bulldogs host the 30th Annual Pepsi Johnny Quik Classic, they could not have had a better scenario heading into the six-day six-team event than picking up a win over Indiana for the second straight day.
The Dogs swept the Hoosiers, who will stay in Fresno to play in the Pepsi Johnny Quik Classic, earning a 9-4 victory on a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon at Beiden Field. The Dogs were greeted by 1,774 fans and the fans were treated to solid pitching, excellent defense and 17 hits.
For the third straight game, the Dogs did not commit an error and have just seven in 11 games this season, a figure that leads the Western Athletic Conference. Fresno State improved to 5-6 on the season.
The Dogs beat the Hoosiers 6-2 on Saturday in the opening game of the two-game series. Fresno State owns an all-time record of 14-3 against teams from the Big 10 Conference.
After Indiana scored the game's first run in the first inning, the Dogs responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Leadoff man Erik Wetzel singled to center and then advanced to third base on a throwing error by starting pitcher Doug Fleenor. Danny Muno singled in Wetzel to tie the game 1-1. Muno would later score on a sacrifice fly out by third basemen Tommy Mendonca to give the Dogs a 2-1 lead.
After two scoreless innings, the Hoosiers regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning on a Michael Early two-run homerun. The Bulldogs would answer that times two getting four runs in the bottom half of the inning. The big blow was a Muno two-RBI double and Alan Ahmady added a two-RBI single, which gave the Dogs a 6-3 lead.
Fresno State added three insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings combined. In the seventh, Mendonca was plated on a sac fly to center by Jordan Ribera. In the eighth, the Dogs scored two runs as Muno was again in the mix, adding an RBI single that scored Wetzel.
The Hoosiers scored once in the ninth.
Justin Wilson had a workman-like day on the hill for the Dogs, going six innings and giving up three runs while earning his first win of the year. Brandon Burke contributed two innings in which he allowed just one hit. Gene Ascat pitched the final inning, allowing two hits, one run and striking out two.
Muno finished the game with four RBIs on four hits. Todd Sandell added three hits with a run, while Ahmady and Mendonca each had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Indiana joins Gonzaga, Utah, Portland and New Mexico State in the Pepsi Johnny Quik Classic. The tournament schedule calls for three games per day, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. Monday through Friday. The championship and consolation games at the games schedule for the same times on Saturday. The Bulldogs will play in the 6:05 p.m. each night this week. Fresno State opens the tournament by hosting WAC rival New Mexico State Monday night.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State baseball team continues an eight game home stand with the six-team Pepsi/Johnny Quik Tournament March 10-15. For information on an All-Tournament ticket package, log on to www.gobulldogs.com and click on Tickets.
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