Bulldogs Defeat WSU, 7-2
March 19, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - No. 17 Fresno State scored five early runs in the second inning taking the lead. The Bulldogs ran away with the 7-2 win over Washington State and lead the series 3-0. The series concludes on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
The Dogs have an overall mark of 14-2 on the season. Fresno State had another successful night on the mound from starter Greg Gonzalez. He earned his fourth win of the year.
Ribera hit an opposite field single to left field to lead off the second inning. Dusty Robinson reached base after getting walked moving Ribera to second base. Designated hitter Kenny Wise walked to load the bases. Freshman Aaron Judge delivered with a single through the right side allowing two runs to score giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
A sacrifice bunt from Wynns advanced the runners to second and third base. Muno doubled to left field bringing in two more runs as the Bulldogs lead increased to 4-0.The inning continued with an RBI single to right field from Brennan Gowens and the Dogs lead grew to 5-0.
The Cougars scored one run in the third inning trailing Fresno State 5-1.
Gonzalez coming off a career-high performance against Nebraska struck out seven WSU batters on Saturday night in five and third innings of work. The senior averages 9.5 strikeouts per game. He also leads team in strikeouts this season with 35. Gonzalez has allowed four earned runs and 18 hits in 33 innings.
Junior Pat Hutcheson ripped a double to left field to start the fourth inning. He advanced to third base on a ground out to the WSU second baseman. Gowens walked and then stole second base to put two Bulldogs in scoring position. Shortstop Garrett Weber drove in two runs with a double off the wall and the Dogs led 7-1.
Taylor Garrison threw one and third innings of relief. The junior struck out three of four batters he faced. Garrison is yet to allow an earned run to cross home plate. And he has allowed only two hits this season.
The Cougars scored an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning cutting the Dogs lead 7-2.
Josh Poytress struck out two Cougar batters in two and third innings.
The Bulldogs won 7-2 over the Cougars and wrap up the four-game series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The Dogs are one win away from sweeping WSU.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs conclude the four-game series against the Cougars on Sunday, March 20 at 1:05 p.m. The Dogs close out the non-conference schedule at home with series against Ohio State, San Diego and San Francisco.