No. 10 Bulldogs Edge Buckeyes
March 22, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Late inning heroics scored two runs for the Fresno State baseball team as the Bulldogs came from behind to beat Ohio State, 3-2. The Dogs are 15-2 on the season.
The Dogs entered the bottom of the eighth inning trailing the Buckeyes by a run. Freshman Aaron Judge knocked in the tying run with a single and moved into scoring position on a balk. Catcher Austin Wynns drove in the winning run with a single up the middle, his first hit of the game. It is the second time this season that Wynns has recorded the game-winning RBI.
The Bulldogs produced 11 hits on the night. Designated hitter Kenny Wise was 3-for-3 at the plate with three singles and an RBI. Judge also had a multiple hit game recording two hits in three at-bats.
Tuesday starter Tom Harlan got out of an early jam in the first inning retiring the last two batters of the frame after one out triple.
In the second inning, Ohio State got a runner on first base with a single up the middle, but the Bulldogs emptied the bases with a 4-6-3 double play.
Preseason All-WAC selection Jordan Ribera led off the bottom of the second inning with an opposite field double to left field. Wise drove in the opening run for the Dogs with a single through the right side. The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead into the third inning.
The Buckeyes tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third inning after a sacrifice fly from Tyler Engle.
After giving up a lead off double in the fifth inning, Harlan sat down the next three OSU batters in order to retire the side. The game remained tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Harlan fanned four Ohio State batters in five and two-thirds innings. The junior did not allow a walk and only one earned run.
Shortstop Garrett Weber dove to his right making the stop and got the force out at second base saving at least one run. The next Buckeye batter grounded out and the Bulldogs preserved the 1-1 tie.
Cody Kendall got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning by striking out a Buckeye batter to retire the side and the game remained tied 1-1 heading into the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Bulldogs retired two as Kendall struck out an Ohio State batter and then Wynns threw the runner out at second base.
The Buckeyes scored the go ahead run in the eighth inning taking a 2-1 lead.
Pinch hitter Chris Mallory hit a two-out single through the right side in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pinch runner Daniel Moultrie advanced to second base on a balk. Judge delivered a single to center field driving in a run as the Dogs tied the game 2-2.
The two-out rally continued with Judge stealing second base and the Bulldogs had the go ahead run in scoring position. Wynns singled up the middle allowing the go ahead run to score giving the Dogs the lead 3-2.
Kendall struck out two batters and earned his second win of the year on the mound.
Junior Charlie Robertson came into close in the ninth inning. He retired the final three batters in order recording his eighth save of the year. Robertson is six saves away from breaking the single season record of 13.
The Dogs went on to win the midweek game 3-2 over Ohio State.
"We Are Your Team!" Fresno State continues its 12-game home stand this week with games against Ohio State and San Diego. The Bulldogs face the Buckeyes March 22-23 at 6:05 p.m. and on March 25-27 the Toreros come to Beiden Field for a four-game series. Log on to gobulldogs.com for tickets.