March 18, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State jumped out to big leads in both games Friday, and won easily in beating the Gaels. Michael Cooper was the star of the first game, pitching all seven innning in a shortened game, and Beau Mills was 5-5 in the nightcap, scoring a school-record tying six runs, hitting a home run and doubling twice.
The Bulldogs gave Michael Cooper a good head start in the first game, and he took it the rest of the way. In his second start of the season, Cooper got through the first inning, and the Bulldogs responded by scoring five runs in the bottom of the first, giving Cooper all of the cushion he would need. Going the distance in a seven inning game (shortened becuase of rain concerns), Cooper struck out two and scattered six hits, allowing just one run. Nick Moresi added a home run in the seventh, and Beau Mills was 2-3 with a double en route to a great day.
The second game was more of the same. Bulldog starter Eddie Romero battled through some trouble in the first inning, but the bats picked up where they left off, scoing four runs in the first inning, including a two-run homerun by Nick Moresi, his second of the day. Beau Mills would also be a star at the plate for the Bulldogs, going 5-5 with two doubles, a walk, and a homerun. Mills also scored every time he came to the plate, tying a school-record which stood for 25 years with six runs until teammate Christian Vitters tied it earlier this season against Chicago State.
On the mound, the Bulldogs welcomed back Chad Edwards in the seventh inning. Edwards, sidelined for over a year with arm troubles, came in for Romero and struck out the side to the applause of an appreciative Fresno State crowd.
The Bulldogs will finish their series with Iona tomorrow at 1 p.m., rain permitting. The Bulldogs will start right-hander Doug Fister against the Gaels.
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