March 25, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - After five games on the road, the Fresno State baseball team hit Pete Beiden Field approximately 40 hours after returning from their trip to Hawaii. If jet lag was to be a factor, the Dogs didn't show it in a dramatic 10-9 come from behind victory over Cal Poly in a non-conference game in front of 1,702 fans.
The win avenged a 2-1 Cal Poly victory earlier this season played in the San Diego State tournament.
Cal Poly jumped out to an early lead on All-America candidate Tanner Scheppers, scoring twice in the second inning on a two RBI single by Logan Schafer.
Fresno State answered with six runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 6-2 lead. Gavin Hedstrom's three-run home run, his first of the season, capped the inning.
Catcher Danny Grubb got the inning started with a one-out single and shortstop Danny Muno reached via an error. Steve Detwiler was then by a pitch to load the bases. The next batter, Steve Susdorf drew a walk that scored Grubbs for the Dog's first run. First baseman Alan Ahmady then singled to center field for two RBIs with Muno and Detwiler scoring.
With Ahmady on first and Susdorf on third, Hedstrom wiped the bases with a blast that cleared the 370-foot sign over the left center field fence.
The Dogs added two more in the sixth. It started when Erik Wetzel reached via an error and Susdorf followed that with a walk. Hedstrom added his fourth RBI of the night on a single to center field that brought Wetzel home nand moved Susdorf to third base. Ryan Overland then had an affective pinch-hitting role with a near perfect sacrifice bunt that scored Susdorf from third. That gave the Dogs an 8-2 lead.
Scheppers left after the sixth inning with an 8-4 lead. He allowed three earned runs and eight hits while striking out five and walking just one.
Cal Poly added one run in the sixth and sixth in the seventh inning to take a 9-8 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning the Dogs threatened when Wetzel led off with a walk and moved to second base on a balk. Ahmady singled and Wetzel advanced to third base. Overland reached via walk to load the bases but threat ended there.
The Dogs would win the game in dramatic fashion, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Wetzel led off the inning with a double. Susdorf ground out to second moving Wetzel to third base. Hedstrom reached on an error, scoring Wetzel to tie the game 9-9. After Trent Soares walked, Tommy Mendonca hit a hard ball to the right that glanced off the second baseman's glove into shallow center field for a single that allowed Hedstrom to score from second base to win the game 10-9.
Jake Hower finished the final two and two-thirds innings to earn the win, his second of the season. He is 2-0 on the season.
The Bulldogs and Mustangs will conclude the two-game series on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.
Fresno State will then host WAC-leader Nevada for a four-game series beginning on Friday night at Pete Beiden Field.
2008 NCAA Statistics Update
The NCAA released statistics for the first time this season after Sunday's games and a few Bulldogs and the Fresno State team were sprinkled among the national leaders. Here's a look:
Fresno State Team Pitching (NCAA Rank)
Team ERA: (40th), 3.84
Strikeouts per Nine Innings: (36th), 8.5
Hits Allowed per Nine Innings: (32nd), 8.41
Fielding Percentage: (18th), .974
Fresno State Individuals (NCAA Rank)
Hit By Pitch: Tommy Mendonca (40th), 7
ERA: Tanner Scheppers (27th), 1.41
Strikeouts per Nine Innings: Tanner Scheppers (4th), 14.06
Strikeouts: Tanner Scheppers (4th), 50 < br> Hits per Nine Innings: Justin Miller (30th), 5.70
*-All statistics prior to Tuesday's game.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State baseball team concludes its seven-game home stand with another game against Cal Poly on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. For more information, click on the tickets link at the top of this page.
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