Fister, Bulldogs Dodge Rains To Pick Up Win Over Iona, 4-1
March 19, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - The Bulldogs had to wait 10 minutes to get their bats started, but put together enough offense on a soggy day at Beiden Field to get a 4-1 win over Iona. Doug Fister, moving over to the mound from first base, pitched all nine innnings, striking out eight and allowing no earned runs.
Fister started out the game by retiring the side in order, and after a ten minute rain delay, the game got started again. The teams traded outs for two innings, until the Bulldogs broke out in the fourth inning. Freshman Beau Mills started by hitting a leadoff homerun, his eighth of the year, and David Gomez followed by hitting a double to left. Designated hitter Kent Sakamoto singled to bring in Gomez, one of his three hits on the day. Sakamoto would also score on a DeAndre Miller RBI single to make the score 3-0.
The Gaels scored their run in the top of the seventh. Designated hitter Matt Callahan reached second on a errant throw from DeAndre Miller, and scored on a very close play at the plate after James LaSala singled into shallow center. Fister would get Iona first baseman Ryan Bucci to ground into a double play to end the threat.
The Bulldogs added their final run in the bottom of the eighth when Sakamoto singled, was pushed to second after a sacrifice bunt from Steve Susdorf, and scored when Ryan Overland singled to right field.
Fister got into a little more trouble in the top of the ninth, walking the first batter and hitting another to give the Gaels two runners with one out, but the right-hander responded by striking out the final two batters to close out the first nine-inning complete game for the Bulldogs this season.
Fresno State opens WAC play against Hawai'i starting on Friday, when they host the Rainbow Wahine for a three game series here at Beiden Field. Friday and Saturday's games will be played at 6:35 p.m., and Sunday's matinee starts at 1:05 p.m.