March 27, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - On a cold, windy Tuesday night at Pete Beiden Field the Fresno State (14-17) Bulldogs defeated the UC Davis (8-14) Aggies by a 8-2 score. The Bulldogs lead the series with 30 victories to the Aggies nine. The last time Fresno State faced UC Davis was back in 1977 taking three out of four games that year.
In the top of the first inning UC Davis earned its first run when Evan Hudson singled to right field bringing in Ryan Royster from third base at 1-0. Fresno State was quick to answer with two runs in the bottom of the third inning when Loren Storey hit his fourth home run of the year to right field at 2-1. With runners in scoring position the Aggies tied the game up at two a piece with a single to right field in top of the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead by executing one run to perfection. Alan Ahmady singled to start the inning off and reached second base when Dan Grubb laid down a sacrifice bunt. Ahmady scored when Todd Sandell hit a single to left field.
The Bulldogs took a commanding 7-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs when Alan Ahmady hit his first collegiate grand slam. The Aggies retired the side with a strikeout.
"I wasn't thinking grand slam when I arrived at the plate," said Ahmady. "I made solid contact with the ball and before I knew it left the park. I was excited when I felt the pop and when I looked up it was gone."
Junior right fielder Ozzie Lewis returned back to the Bulldog lineup tonight after an injury.
"It's great to be back and it felt great to be on the field with the guys celebrating the win," said Lewis. "It's great to be playing with the team as you see a young kid like Ahmady having success. "The kid is blowing up, playing solid at first base and hitting with power."
Fresno State had nine hits on the night and UC Davis tallied 13. Ahmady went 2-for-4 with one single and a grand slam. Susdorf went 2-for-2 with one double and a single. Loren Storey also hit his fourth home run of the year.
Head Coach Mike Batesole and his ball club move to 14-17 overall and 1-2 in WAC play. "It was a good win and to go into the weekend with energy can give us momentum," said Batesole." We are chasing Sacramento State who is 4-2 in conference and it will be a good test for our team this weekend."
Fresno State will continue action Friday night when it will take on conference opponent Sacramento State (8-16, 4-2) in a three-game series beginning at 6:05 p.m. Series action maintains course Saturday at 6:05 and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
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