No. 17 Bulldogs Crush Cougars
March 19, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team saw career-best performances from several players, which propelled the Bulldogs to a 16-1 win over Washington State. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to weather.
Even with the shortened game, the Dogs recorded 21 hits against WSU and scored 16 runs. The Bulldog offense launched five home runs in five innings, which is one shy of the school record of six homers in a single game.
The Dogs did however tie another Fresno State home run record after Brennan Gowens, Garrett Weber, and Dusty Robinson hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the third inning. The last time the Bulldogs hit three consecutive home runs was in 2002 against Washington. Gowens, Weber and Robinson nearly hit three in a row again with Gowens and Robinson hitting home runs for the second time later in the game.
Gowens finished the night 4-for-4 with two home runs, a walk and six RBIs. Robinson went 3-for-5 at the plate with two home runs and four RBIs.
The defense shined again at Beiden Field as the Dogs caught a WSU runner attempting to steal third base.
Senior Jordan Ribera ripped a double to right field to start the bottom of the second inning. Freshman Aaron Judge singled through the left side of the diamond and Ribera scored giving the Dogs the lead, 1-0.
Washington State put a run on the board in the top of the third inning tying the Bulldogs 1-1.
Back-to-back base hits from Pat Hutcheson and Danny Muno put two runners on for the Bulldogs in the third inning. Brennan Gowens cleared the bases with a home run to left field adding three runs. The Dogs added two more runs with solo home runs from Garrett Weber and Dusty Robinson and the Dogs lead 6-1.
Sophomore catcher Austin Wynns singled to right center field allowing another Bulldog run to score increasing the Dogs lead 7-1.
Haley struck out a career-high eight batters in a career-high five innings of work Friday night. Haley is the first Bulldog this year to strikeout the side. He limited the Cougar hitters to three hits and one run. Haley has a 1-0 record and an ERA of 0.71.
Gowens launched his second homer of the night adding another run. Weber singled to the shortstop to keep the inning alive. The Dogs lead grew 10-1 after Robinson hit his second home run of the night off the top of the scoreboard in left field.
In the fifth inning, Gowens drove in another run for Fresno State with a single to right field as the Dogs led 11-1.
Freshman Tyler Linehan made his fourth appearance on the mound. The lefty struck out two of three batters he faced in the sixth inning. Linehan has recorded a total of eight strikeouts in five and two-thirds inning pitched this season.
Ribera hit a double to right field to jump start the sixth inning rally. Judge singled to the Cougar third baseman. Sophomore Scott David hit a single to load the bases for the Bulldogs. Freshman Jacob Alvarez recorded his first career hit and RBI extending the Dogs lead 12-1.
The Dogs rallied for four more run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With the bases loaded Washington State walked Gowens bringing in a run. Justin Charles pinch hit and knocked a single to right field bringing in two more Bulldog runs. Robinson hit an RBI single through the left side giving the Dogs the biggest lead of the night, 16-1.
The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to the weather. The Dogs beat Washington State by a final score of 16-1 improving to 13-2 on the season.
Saturday's game against the Cougars has been moved up to 4:30 p.m. in an attempt to beat the incoming rain.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs continue the four-game series against the Cougars on Saturday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. The Dogs close out the non-conference schedule at home with series against Ohio State, San Diego and San Francisco.