April 9, 2005
San Jose, Calif. - The Bulldogs and Spartans faced off in two close games on Saturday, as Fresno State took the victory 4-3 in the first game but lost the second game 3-1. The Bulldogs used timely hitting in the first game to get the win, but in the second game, Chase Moore was the only batter to score, hitting his fourth home run of the year off of San Jose State starter Branden Dewing.
Fresno State jumped out to an early lead and held on to pick up a 4-3 victory over San Jose State on a sunny day at Municipal Stadium in San Jose. Fresno State picked up their first win of the season after a leadoff triple by Beau Mills in the eighth inning started a rally to break up a 3-3 tie.
The Bulldogs started off the game with a quick start, as leadoff hitter DeAndre Miller hit a single to start the inning. Nick Moresi followed that up with a RBI single that scored DeAndre Miller, who had advanced to second on Christian Vitters' groundout.
Fresno State would manufacture two more runs in the early innings as Nick Moresi doubled in the third, and scored after Beau Mills' RBI single to right center, and back to back doubles from Ryan Overland and Doug Fister led to another run in the fourth inning.
San Jose State would come back after a pitching switch cooled the Fresno bats. The Spartans scored a run in the fourth, and Shane Brechmann held the Bulldogs scoreless for four innings. The Spartans staged a two out rally of their own, tying the game at three in the sixth inning with three straight singles with a runner on, evening the score.
The Bulldogs finally came out on top in the eighth inning. Beau Mills lifted a long flyball to straight center, which was dropped at the wall in by Travis Becktel leading to a close play at third for the leadoff triple. Chase Moore follwed that hit with a RBI single of his own to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead.Ryan Penn and Rudy Quinonez finished off the Spartans in the final two innings to keep the slim lead and give the Bulldogs their first road win of the year in their limited trips outside of Beiden Field.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Spartans jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Leadoff man Anthony Contreras scored off after starting the game with a double, and that was the start the team needed for starting pitcher Branden Dewing.
Fresno State evened the score at one apiece in the top of the second inning, as Chase Moore lifted his fourth home run of the year to left. Dewing was superb other than that pitch, going the distance for San Jose State, allowing six hits, just the Moore home run, and striking out seven.
San Jose State took the lead in the fourth as cleanup hitter Brandon Fromm hit a home run to right off of Fresno State starter Michael Cooper, and the Spartans added another insurance run in the eighth to lead to the final score of 3-1.
The two teams face off again in the third game of the series tomorrow, April 10 at 1 p.m. in the Sunday matinee to determine who will win the series. The game will be held at Municipal field, and will pit Fresno State righthander Doug Fister against San Jose State lefty Brad Kilby. Both teams stand a game behind Nevada after today's games in the WAC standings.
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