March 14, 2006
Fresno, Calif. - After a very wet day at Beiden Field, Fresno State won the only game of the second day at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic. Beau Mills hit a two-run triple to put the Bulldogs on the board in the sixth, and Andy Underwood gave up just four hits and held Gonzaga scoreless through eight innings to get the win. The tournament continues tomorrow with four games beginning at 10 a.m.
Playing through a cold night, the two starting pitchers were in control through most of the game, as both Gonzaga's Josh Monroe and Fresno State's Andy Underwood threw for at least seven innings, and the game remained scoreless through five innings. Only three batters from either team got as far as second base in that time.
Fresno State finally was able to get on the board in the sixth inning. With the top of the order coming around with one out, Steve Susdorf singled to get a rally started, and was replaced by Loren Storey on the bases after a fielder's choice to get the second out. Storey swiped the first of his two stolen bases to put a runner in scoring position, and Kent Sakamoto walked to extend the inning. Cleanup batter Beau Mills finished the action by pulling a ball just fair of the right field line, stopping dead in foul territory and allowing both Storey and Sakamoto to score as Mills pulled into third.
A quick game moved at a much slower pace through the last six outs however. Gonzaga starter Josh Monroe was replaced after seven by Matt Fields, who gave up a leadoff single to Erik Wetzel, who stole second with no outs to set the table for the Bulldogs. Steve Susdorf then doubled off of the wall to score Wetzel, and single by Storey put runners on the corners, and two in scoring position when Storey stole second in the middle of Beau Mills' at bat. Deciding to load the bases at that point backfired for Fields, as the first pitchout sailed much further outside catcher Dustin Colclough's glove to bring in a second run. Christian Vitters singled to score Storey as the final run for the Bulldogs.
The long wait seemed to affect Underwood, who returned to the mound to try and complete both the game and the shutout. The first three batters of the inning all reached base, and after Underwood struck out Jackson Brennan, he was relieved by Brandon Miller. Miller was able to get Zach Woodward to ground out to trade an out for a run, and finished the game with a flyout to right field.
A full schedule is planned for day three of the Pepsi/Johnny Quik tournament on Wednesday, with four games slated beginning with Miami - Ohio against Bucknell at 10 a.m. and concluding with Fresno State's game against Binghamton. The lost games from Tuesday will be made up on Thursday and Friday, using the make up spots at 10 a.m. each day.
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