March 27, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Frenso State fought past four early errors to defeat Hawai'i 5-3 to sweep the Rainbows in the first of two series between the two teams. Doug Fister allowed no earned runs in 7.0 innings pitched, striking out seven, and Kent Sakamoto had two doubles and three RBI to lead the Bulldogs from the plate. Fresno State has now beaten Hawai'i in seven straight games dating back to last season.
For the first time in the series Fresno State fell behind early. Starters Justin Costi and Doug Fister kept the game deadlocked at zero until the third inning. Hawai'i struck first, putting runners on after back-to-back errors from second baseman DeAndre Miller. The 'Dogs caught the first runner at home after a delayed steal attempt, but after walking a Adam Roberts, the Rainbows' Schafer Magana hit a two-run single to give Hawai'i the lead.
Evening up the game in the second half of the inning, Kent Sakamoto had the first of his two run-scoring doubles, this time sending Ryan Overland and Steve Susdorf to the plate. Hawai'i would add another run in the top of the fourth off of another error, this time from Christian Vitters.
Sakamoto came through again for the Bulldogs in the sixth, scoring Ryan Overland again with another double to tie the game at three. Frenso State would finally pull into the lead in the bottom half of the seventh to get Doug Fister the win. Nick Moresi walked and Beau Mills singled to give Fresno runners on the corners. Hawai'i catcher Eric Ammon then attempted to pick off Moresi at third, but the throw sailed into the outfield scoring Moresi and advancing Mills to second. Mills would then score on a David Gomez single to give the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead.
Ryan Penn and Rudy Quinonez then came in to finish the job for the Bulldogs in the eighth and ninth, with Quinonez picking up the save, his first of the year. Doug Fister, the starting pitcher, ended the game having pitched 7.0 innings, allowing four hits and three runs, none earned, while walking three and striking out seven to pick up his team-leading fourth win.
Frenso State continues WAC play next weekend at home against Rice in a three-game series on April 1-3. Friday and Saturday Night's games will both begin at 6:35 p.m., before a 1:05 p.m. start on Sunday, April 3. All three games will be held at Beiden Field.
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