March 25, 2006
Fresno, Calif. - FRESNO, Calif. - Christian Vitters was 3-for-3 with a double and Beau Mills smacked his fifth home run of the season on the way to four RBI as the Bulldogs beat Sacramento State 13-6 on Saturday. Eddie Romero picked up his seventh win of the season, pitching 7.0 innings and allowing one earned run.
Both teams were bringing their team leader in pitching wins to the mound Saturday, as two left-handers headed to the hill. Mick Joyce entered the night 5-0 for the Hornets, and Romero was 6-1 following two wins last week for Fresno State, and the teams eased through one and a half scoreless innings. Fresno State took the lead in the bottom of the second as the two stars of the game took their first crack at Joyce, as Mills and Vitters hit consecutive doubles to start the scoring. A wild pitch advanced Vitters to third, and Ozzie Lewis walked to extend the inning. A single from Frank LoNigro brought home Vitters, and heads up baserunning from Lewis allowed the outfielder to score on a 543 double-play from Adam O'Daniel.
The Bulldogs added a fourth run in the third inning and broke the game open in the sixth, when leadoff walks by Loren Storey and Kent Sakamoto became runs as Mills hit his fifth home run of the year just right of the 400 mark in straight center as the Bulldogs took a 7-1 lead.
The Hornets made some damage of their own, taking advantage of two Bulldog errors to score three runs in the top of the sixth, cutting the Fresno State lead down to 7-4. The errors became contagious though, as Sacramento State had two of their own in the bottom of the seventh as Fresno State equaled their season-high for runs in an inning, putting six runs on the board to take a 13-4 lead.
Sacramento State added two late runs, but were held scoreless in the ninth by freshman Tanner Scheppers as the Bulldogs' current win streak moved to 14. Fresno State closes out their season-long 24 game homestand Sunday, as the series with Sacramento State concludes at 1:05 p.m.
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