April 3, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team chipped away at San Francisco's three run lead in the late innings of Sunday's game, but the Dons prevailed winning 4-3. The No. 9 Bulldogs 20-3 start ties for the best 23-game start in Fresno State history.
The 1951 team also started out their season 20-3 and went on to finish the season with an overall record of 36-4. The Dogs hit the road next week and open Western Athletic Conference play against San Jose State April 8-10.
Senior Jordan Ribera was 3-for-4 at the plate with a trio of singles and recorded his seventh RBI of 2011. The Preseason All-WAC selection recorded a base hit in the second, third and eighth innings.
"All in all, the weekend was good," said Ribera. "We took the series from San Francisco. Obviously, we wanted to get that last win today, but 20-3 headed into WAC play is pretty good."
The bullpen shutdown the San Francisco offense after throwing five and two-thirds innings without allowing a run. They also recorded two strikeouts and allowed six hits.
The Bulldogs infield turned a double in the first inning. Starter Tom Harlan recorded the final out of the inning by striking out the batter.
The Dons took 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning with a solo home run from Adam Clear.
Harlan struck out two batter in three and third innings. The lefty walked two and allowed three hits in his sixth start of the year.
The Bulldogs answered in the third inning. Brennan Gowens singled up the middle and advanced to second base on a balk. Garrett Weber hit an infield single moving Gowens to third base. Senior Jordan Ribera tied the game 1-1 after hitting an RBI single to right field.
San Francisco scored three runs in the fourth inning taking back the lead 4-1.
Taylor Garrison hurled one and two-thirds scoreless innings. He is one of two Bulldog pitchers with an ERA of 0.00 on the year.
The Dogs turned a pair in the fifth inning to get out of bases loaded jam. Fresno State has turned two double plays this game and 25 on the season.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Muno was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Gowens flew out to left field as Muno advanced to third base. Weber struck out swinging and Muno scored on the throw to first base. The Dogs trailed the Dons 4-2 after five innings.
Cody Kendall walked a San Francisco batter and then recorded three-straight outs to retire the side.
Designated hitter Kenny Wise hit a ground rule double to center field in the sixth inning. He has three doubles in 2011. Wynns singled to center field driving in his 15th run of the season. Wynns advanced to second base on the throw home and the Dogs trail 4-3.
The Dogs lost 4-3 to the Dons, but won the series 2-1. The Bulldogs have won seven series against opponents in 2011.
"We have to clean up some things at practice this week and prepare for the WAC," said Ribera. "We need to clutch up our hitting. The pitchers can't carry us all year and we need to start taking better at-bats."
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs begin the 2011 Western Athletic Conference play on the road against San Jose State. The Dogs and Spartans play four-games April 8-10. Fresno State returns home April 15-17. For tickets call 278-DOGS or log on to gobulldogs.com.
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