March 25, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State followed strong play from two of their leaders to win their first WAC game of the year 6-3 over Hawai'i. Matt Garza had his third double-digit strikeout performance of the year, setitng down 11 batters, and Nick Moresi was 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBI.
The Bulldogs jumped ahead early and never looked back. DeAndre Miller started off the first by reaching base after being hit by a pitch, and scored on a hit and run double by Nick Moresi. The 'Dogs added four more in the second inning, after Chase Moore and Ryan Overland hit seeing-eye singles to get runners on. DeAndre Miller then worked a 12-pitch walk to load the bases, and Christian Vitters and Nick Moresi had back to back hits to put together a 5-0 lead for the Bulldogs. Fresno State would also add another run in the third after base hits from David Gomez and Steve Susdorf.
Six runs would be plenty for Matt Garza. Notching his second straight game with ten or more strikeouts, Garza went 7.0 innings, allowing just four hits and two earned runs, while walking two. Both runs that Garza allowed came in the seventh, as his pitch count creeped over 100. Aaron Roberts started off the inning with a comebacker at the mound to reach first. After a strikeout, Schafer Magana singled to give the Rainbows runners on the corners, and both would score after Eric Ammon hit a two-run single to right center, ending the shutout for Garza. The Rainbows also added a final run off of reliever Brandon Miller in the eighth.
Fresno State had Ryan Penn pitch the ninth to pick up his first save of the year, the third Bulldog to record a save this season. Game two of the Hawai'i series begins tomorrow at 6:35 p.m., when the Rainbows' Steven Bryant takes the mound against Fresno State's Michael Cooper. The Bulldogs will try to keep their WAC record perfect against the Rainbows, who have lost four straight and both games they've played off of the island in 2005.
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