Fresno State Seals Late Comeback Victory Against Santa Clara, 8-7
March 9, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - With seven hits combined in first inning the Fresno State (7-12) Bulldogs found themselves in an early 4-1 hole and as many as five at 6-1 in the fourth inning against the Santa Clara (12-10) Broncos but managed 7 runs to win in a late comeback with an 8-7 final score Friday night at Beiden Field.
Justin Wilson (2-2, 4.05) earned the start for the Bulldogs throwing five innings allowing two earned runs on six hits.
Broncos starting right handed pitcher Nate Garcia (2-2, 4.41) threw four and one-third innings allowing six hits on four runs.
To point the Bulldogs in the right direction first baseman Steve Susdorf batting with a .349 average hit a double to right center to score Loren Storey from second base for the first run of the night for Fresno State.
Fresno State hopes were dwindling as Santa Clara brought in two more runs at 6-1 in the top of the fourth inning with only one hit.
The Bulldogs needing to act fast answered the call when Todd Sandell hit a deep ball off the left field wall bringing in two runs and cutting the lead 6-3. Fresno State scored its fourth run when Susdorf reached on an error scoring Sandell from third.
The Broncos and Bulldogs traded one run each in the seventh. With two men on base designated hitter Ryan Overland knocked in the run with a single through the left side to cut the lead to two at 7-5.
To tie the game up at 7-7 the Bulldogs scored two runs in the eighth inning. One run was scored on a throwing error by the pitcher and the other run came in on a Sandell double to left field.
In the bottom of the tenth inning the Bulldogs scored the game winning run when Brian Lapin singled to through the right side scoring Susdorf from second base 8-7.
The Bulldogs will play again tomorrow against Santa Clara (11-11) at 1:05 p.m. at Beiden Field.
Listed as the probable starting pitcher for Fresno State is right hander Clayton Allison (2-1, 4.15) who only gave up two runs in his last outing. Left hander Matt Wickswat (3-2, 5.22) is listed as the Broncos starting pitcher.