April 1, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - No. 9 Fresno State baseball increased its winning streak to eight straight games after beating University of San Francisco 5-3 on Friday night.
The Bulldogs have won nine consecutive games at home and amassed an impressive home record of 15-1 so far in 2011.
Senior Danny Muno had a great night at the plate, after he recorded two hits off two pitches. He went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI. Fellow senior Jordan Ribera also was 2-for-4 at the plate. The Dogs had a total of eight hits against San Francisco.
Fresno State had another effective night from the bullpen. Juniors Tom Harlan, Taylor Garrison and Charlie Robertson allowed no runs and had a combined total of five strikeouts. Garrison and Robertson are yet to allow an earned run this year.
The Dons scored first in taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Adam Clear hit an RBI triple to right field.
The Dogs tied the game with the first pitch of the bottom half of the inning. Muno led off with a home run over the right field fence.
San Francisco regained the lead 2-1 in the second inning after scoring one run on three hits.
Muno led off the third inning with a doubled off the center field wall. Brennan Gowens bunted Muno to third base. An error by the Dons pitcher allowed Gowens to advance to third and Muno score tying the game 2-2.
The early rally continued as Garrett Weber hit a sacrifice bunt down the third base line moving Gowens to third base. Dusty Robinson drove Gowens home with a single to right center field as the Dogs took the lead 3-2.
The Dons evened the score with a run in the sixth inning and tied the game 3-3.
Greg Gonzalez earned his sixth win on the mound improving to 6-0 on the year. The senior struck out seven in six and third innings of work.
The Dogs preserved the tie after tagging a San Francisco runner out at home plate. The Dons attempted a squeeze play, but Gonzalez fielded the play perfectly throwing the runner out.
Dusty Robinson walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. Jordan Ribera hit his second double of the night down the right field line, but was caught in a run down between second and third base. Robinson advanced to third base on the play. Freshman Aaron Judge drove in the go ahead run after beating the throw to first base. His RBI single gave the Dogs the 4-3 lead.
The two out rally continued with an RBI double from Austin Wynns and the Dogs took a 5-3 lead over San Francisco into the seventh inning.
Harlan took over on the mound in the seventh inning and finished the side with two strikeouts.
In the eighth inning, Garrison came out of the bullpen and struck out two of three batters he faced.
Robertson came into the game in the ninth inning and sat down the San Francisco batters in order. The junior right-hander recorded his ninth save of the year.
The Bulldogs defeated the Dons 5-3 winning their eighth straight game and improve to 15-1 at Beiden Field.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs continue the three-game series against San Francisco on Saturday, April 2 at 6:05 p.m. The Dogs open Western Athletic Conference play on the road against San Jose State on April 8. For tickets call 278-DOGS or log on to gobulldogs.com.
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