March 26, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Second verse same as the first. Well almost.
The Fresno State Bulldogs had nearly a repeat performance of Tuesday's non-conference match-up against Cal Poly in a 13-11 come-from-behind victory over the Mustangs.
Fresno State jumped to a 10-3 lead, only to briefly lose the lead 11-10, before rebounding with three runs to earn the win. The victory improved Fresno State's record to 12-12 on the season and sets up a big WAC series this weekend at Pete Beiden Field when league-leader Nevada comes to town.
Tuesday's game saw the Dogs bolt to an similar large early lead only to need two dramatic runs in the bottom of the ninth for the win.
In the second inning, the Dogs scored five runs powered by Steve Susdorf's 28th career homerun, putting him tied for 8th with Mike Burton on the Fresno State Career homerun list. Scoring on the play were Wetzel and Trent Soares. Ahmady added a double in the second inning, his second of the game. Ahmady now has at least two-hit games in six of his last eight contests.
In the third inning the Dogs added another run when Soares singled up the middle driving in catcher Jake Johnson. Soares had his best game as a Bulldog with three hits, scoring two runs and driving in four.
Ryan Overland had an infield single in the sixth that scored Wetzel that gave the Dogs a 10-3 lead.
Cal Poly took the lead from the Dogs by scoring eight runs in the seventh inning converting on eight hits. The damage could have been worse because the Mustangs left the bases loaded.
In the bottom half of the seventh, the Dogs responded with three runs, two of which were on homeruns by Soares, the first of his career, and Susdorf, his second of the night and the 29th of his career. The Dogs then took a 13-11 lead, which would stand as the final score.
Holden Sprague pitched the first four innings allowing six hits, three runs with two earned runs. Brandon Burke took over for Sprague in the fifth inning, and Friday night's starter Justin Wilson also saw middle relief work.
Justin Miller, pitching in relief, earned his third win on the season and remains perfect at 3-0. He threw two and two-thirds and allowed just two hits and no runs to finish the game.
Fresno State will then host WAC-leader Nevada for a four game series beginning on Friday night at Pete Beiden Field.
Susdorf Climbs Homerun List
Steve Susdorf's two homeruns against Cal Poly raised his career total to 29th of his brilliant career. He moved into seventh place on the Bulldog career list, tied with Randy Asadoor (1981-83). He needs 32, or three homeruns, to reach the Bulldog Top Five list. In addition to his exploits on the field, he's an excellent student in a difficult major of Engineering and is a candidate for Academic All-America honors again in 2008. Fresno State Career Homerun Leaders
5. Pete Dalena (1981-82), 32
6. Derek Feramisco (1995-97), 30
7. Randy Asadoor (1981-83), 29
Steve Susdorf (2005-p), 29
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State baseball team opens its WAC home schedule with a four-game series against WAC-leader Nevada. The Dogs and Wolf Pack will pl ay Friday at 6:05 p.m., a double-header Saturday beginning at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. For ticket information, click on the tickets link at the top of this page.
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