March 27, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team came from behind in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie San Diego, 2-2. After the dramatic end to the ninth inning, the Dogs and Toreros began a pitcher's duel that would last for 12 more innings. In the bottom of the 22nd inning, the Bulldogs finally scored the go-ahead run and defeated San Diego, 3-2, in the 13th extra inning.
The game was decided in seven hours and 12 minutes and 22 innings, which is the longest game in Fresno State history both in time and innings. It is also the third longest game in NCAA Division I history. The record is 25 innings by Texas vs. Boston College in 2009 and the regular-season record is held by Lafeyette vs. McNeese State done in 1971.
The scoreless extra innings was broken up after senior Garrett Weber drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 22nd inning. No. 10 Fresno State has now won six straight games and are 17-2 on the season.
Weber was 4-for-10 on the night and s.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/muno_danny00.html" >Danny Muno went 4-for-9 at the plate. Dusty Robinson hit three doubles in 10 plate appearances. The Dogs tallied a total of 19 hits in the extra inning game. It was the first game to be decided in extra innings in 2011.
Fresno State struck out a combined total of 16 San Diego batters. Junior Charlie Robertson led the team striking out four batters in five innings of relief. Cody Kendall, Taylor Garrison and Tyler Linehan all had three strikeouts each.
The Toreros scored first after three consecutive singles from the heart of the line up. San Diego took at 1 -0 lead in the first inning.
Sophomore Justin Haley sat down the Torero batters 1-2-3 in the second inning.
Senior Jordan Ribera recorded the force out at home plate keeping the Toreros from extending their lead. Haley made the final out of the inning leaving the bases loaded. The Dogs trailed San Diego 1-0 after two and half innings.
San Diego scored another run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly and increased their lead 2-0.
The San Diego led off hitter got on base with a single, but the next batter grounded into a double play. The Dogs turned a 3-6-3 double play to empty the bases in the top of the sixth inning. Fresno State has fielded 18 double plays this year.
Haley struck out one batter in six innings of work and allowed two earned runs.
Catcher Austin Wynns threw a San Diego runner out attempting to steal second base in the eighth inning.
In the ninth inning, Wynns singled over the second base to lead off. Junior Pat Hutcheson walked to put the tying run on first base. Muno grounded out to the second baseman as the runners moved into scoring position. Gowens doubled to shallow left center driving in two runs as the Dogs tied the game 2-2.
The extra inning game continued with 13 scoreless innings extending the game to 22 innings. The Bulldogs worked their way out of three different bases loaded jams to keep the game tied.
Muno got on board in the 22nd inning with a single through the left side and he moved into scoring position after stealing second base. Weber hit a single to left field allowing Muno to score the game-winning run with two outs.
Linehan earned his first win of the season on the mound as the Dogs picked up their 17th win of the year.
The series against San Diego will conclude on March 27 at 1:05 p.m. at Beiden Field.
"We Are Your Team!" Fresno State finishes the series against San Diego on March 27 at 1:05 p.m. The Bulldogs concludes its nonconference schedule with a three-game series against San Francisco on April 1-3 at Beiden Field. The Bulldogs begin WAC play on the road at San Jose State on April 8-10. Log on to gobulldogs.com for tickets.
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