March 30, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team closed out the four-game series with Nevada in impressive fashion as the Dogs defeated the Wolf Pack 13-3 in seven innings on Sunday. It is the second straight the game Fresno State 10-runned Nevada. The Bulldogs took three of four games from the Pack and upped their record to 15-13 and they now are tied with Nevada for first place in the WAC at 5-3.
Nevada dropped to 13-12 and 5-3 in WAC play.
Tanner Scheppers earned the win as he pitched 6.2 innings, striking out nine, scattering seven hits and improving his record to 4-2.
"Scheppers threw the ball great," Fresno State coach Mike Batesole said. "They came out early and attacked his fastball and got a couple off him early on. He had an outstanding breaking ball today and as soon as they started looking for that he went back to the fast ball. When you have a fastball like he has you can do that."
The Dogs scored their 13 runs on 13 hits. Danny Muno and Alan Ahmady each had three hits while Erik Wetzel and Ryan Overland had two hits. Ahmady had three RBIs while Wetzel and Steve Detwiler each had two.
"These kids have worked hard," Batesole said. "They knew how important this weekend was. They knew how important today was. Today we were going to leave this ball park in first place or two games out. We got the ball in the right hands in Scheppers and the guys swung the bats."
The Dogs broke the game open in the first four innings as they scored 10 runs on 10 hits to lead 10-3. Fresno State scored three in the first and the scoring was started when Muno led off the game with an infield single. After Trent Soares walked, Erik Wetzel singled home Muno for the first run of the game. Steve Susdorf then doubled to left-center, scoring Wetzel. Susdorf later scored on a sacrifice fly by Alan Ahmady.
After Nevada scored a run in the top of the second, the Bulldogs countered with a run in the bottom half of the inning after Muno had an RBI single to right field, plating Tommy Mendonca, who led off the inning with a single to right field.
Nevada scored two runs in the top of the third to come within one run at 4-3. But Nevada committed four errors in the third and fourth innings to help Fresno State extend its lead to 10-3.
The Dogs added another run in the bottom of the sixth to lead 11-3 and then added two more in the bottom of the seventh to win 13-3.
"Join the State - Fresno State" The Fresno State baseball team continues its home stand at Pete Beiden Field when they host No. 5 Long Beach State on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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