March 10, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State gat big production out of Christian Vitters and Michael Cooper as the Bulldogs won their third game of the 2005 Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic 13-5 over the Dallas Baptist Patriots. Vitters had four hits on the day, including a triple and a homer, and Cooper pitched six solid innings to get his first victory of the year.
The Bulldogs started the game off quickly, using their speed to get ahead. DeAndre Miller worked the first of his two walks and stole second to give the Bulldogs an early runner. Nick Moresi singled to shallow left to add another runner, and then Beau Mills cleared the bases with a three-run homer, his sixth on the year.
The Bulldogs would add another run in the third, and exploded for six against Dallas Baptist starter Stuart Sutherland in the fourth. Sutherland had a very tough outing, getting roughed up to the tune of 11 runs on 12 hits in 6.0 innings.
Cooper for the Bulldogs was solid against a very good hitting Dallas Baptist team. In his first start of the year, Cooper pitched 6.0 innings, striking out five and giving up just three earned runs. Brandon Mozley came in to work 2.0 innings as well. In his second appearance of the year, the freshman struck out three Patriot batters and allowed only one run on three hits.
The win moved the Bulldogs into a four-way tie for first place after Gonzaga and Penn State won, and San Francisco lost to Monmouth. The Bulldogs face Gonzaga tomorrow at 7 p.m., and Penn State plays San Francisco at 4 p.m.
San Francisco was surprised by a winless Monmouth team in the 4 p.m. game. The Hawks, who had lost their first three games, scored five runs in the second innning to negate a three run first by the Dons. Kyle higgans had two RBIs and a triple to spark that inning, and Monmouth pitchers Frank Piltowski and Kevin Schneider held on to keep the win for the Hawks.
Penn had its closest game of the tournament behind pitcher Bill Kirk, but still lost 4-1 to Gonzaga. Bill Kirk and Steven Schwartz kept the game close for the Quakers, who had seven hits along with two errors, but couldn't get the key hits to score runs. Penn left eight men on base and wasn't able to catch up to the Bulldogs.
Penn State continued to pound the ball in a 13-2 win over Southern Utah. Hitting .336 as a team, including five homeruns, the Nitany Lions put up seven runs in the sixth inning to increase a 3-0 lead out of reach for the game. Mike Milliron was 2-4 in that game with four RBIs and a run scored to lead Penn State.
Day Five of the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic continues tommorrow at 10 a.m. when Southern Utah faces Monmouth. Games will be held all day at Beiden Field.
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