March 27, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team completed the three-game sweep over San Diego after beating the Toreros 7-4 on Sunday afternoon. It is the sixth time this season that the Bulldogs have swept their opponents winning every game of the series. No. 10 Fresno State improves to 18-2 on the year.
Last night, the Dogs won 3-2 over USD in 22 innings, which is the third longest in NCAA history. The Dogs came out with energy playing great defense behind starting pitcher Josh Poytress. The infield turned four double plays, one shy of the single-game record of five.
"That game last night was mentally and physically exhausting, but to get the win today was awesome," said third baseman Danny Muno. "Our pitching staff kept us in yesterday's game the whole time. To bounce back and come out with energy today, score runs and get the win was awesome."
The Bulldogs recorded six hits against the Toreros. All six hits came from a different Fresno State batter. Muno and outfielder Dusty Robinson recorded a game-high two RBIs.
The Bulldogs turned two double plays right out of the gate Sunday afternoon. The Dogs turned one in
Poytress was solid on the mound in his first start of the season. The lefty threw four scoreless innings before giving up two runs. Poytress fanned four batters in his longest outing of the year, seven and third innings. The junior earned the win on the mound and is 2-0 in 2011.
"You've got to give Josh credit," said head coach Mike Batesole. "He came out and threw a great game for us."
In the third inning, Aaron Judge walked and advanced to second base on a passed ball by the Torero catcher. Austin Wynns followed with a walk to put two runners on base. Designated hitter Andy Qualls bunted the runners over to second and third base with a sacrifice hit. Muno drove in two runs with a double of the left field wall giving the Dogs the lead 2-0.
The Bulldog infield turned two in the fourth inning for their third double play of the game.
San Diego answered in the top of the fifth inning scoring two runs tying the game 2-2.
Senior Garrett Weber led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a walk. Robinson broke up the tied ball game by launching a two-run home run as the Dogs regained the lead 4-2.
The sixth inning continued with a double down the right field line from first baseman Jordan Ribera. Second baseman Chris Mallory grounded out moving Ribera to third base. Wynns brought Ribera home with a single to right field increasing the Dogs lead 5-2.
The Dogs turned their fourth double play of the game in the top of the seventh inning. Fresno State has fielded 22 doubles in 2011.
Muno walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Gowens bunted to the pitcher to move Muno to second base. Muno stole third base and scored on balk increasing the Dogs lead 6-2.
San Diego added two runs in the top of the eighth inning as they trailed the Dogs 6-4.
The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Judge singled to left field to start the inning. The freshman moved into scoring position on a balk and then scored on a fielding error by the pitcher extending the Dogs lead 7-4.
Harlan came into close in the ninth inning earning his first save of the year. The junior struck out one batter in one inning of work.
The Dogs beat San Diego 7-4 and have won seven straight games.
"We Are Your Team!" Fresno State 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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