April 9, 2011
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The No. 9 Fresno State baseball team earned their first Western Athletic Conference victory as the Bulldogs defeated San Jose State 5-1 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The Dogs improve to 1-1 on the young conference season and have an overall mark of 21-4.
Fresno State recorded a total of nine hits in the seven inning game. Designated hitter Kenny had a productive day at the plate going 3-for-3 with a triple and a pair of singles. Senior Garrett Weber also had a multiple hit game. He went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
The Bulldogs struck first with three hits and a run in the top of the first inning. Junior Dusty Robinson singled up the middle after working a full count. First baseman Jordan Ribera followed with an RBI doubled to the gap in the left field allowing Robinson to score. The Dogs took a 1-0 lead over the Spartans.
In the bottom of the first inning, Josh Poytress and the Dogs defense sat down the San Jose State batters 1-2-3.
Freshman Aaron Judge led off the second inning with a walk. Catcher Austin Wynns bunted Judge over to second base. Junior Pat Hutcheson hit a triple to right center field bringing Judge home. The inning continued as another run crossed home plate after Weber hit an RBI single and the Dogs took a 3-0 lead into the third inning.
The Spartans got on the score board in the second inning. San Jose State scored one unearned run cutting the Bulldogs lead 3-1.
The Bulldogs defense turned a double play to end the third inning. Fresno State has fielded 27 double plays in 2011, which is third best in the WAC.
Poytress threw the first complete game of the year for the Bulldogs. He struck out five batters in seven innings of work. He allowed one run and no walks. Poytress has an ERA of 2.83 and a 3-0 record on the mound.
The Bulldogs had great defensive plays in the first game of the doubleheader. In the fourth inning, Weber made a bare handed catch and threw the Spartan runner out a first base.
Wise hit the Dogs second triple of the game in the top of the fifth inning. The junior scored on a wild pitch increasing the Bulldogs lead 4-1.
Senior Danny Muno recorded his first hit of the day with a single to shallow center field. He stole second base and has nine on the year. Weber ripped a base hit up the middle allowing Muno to score and the Bulldogs lead grew 5-1.
The Dogs won the second game of the series, 5-1, over San Jose State.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs conclude the WAC series against San Jose State on Sunday, April 10 with a double header starting at 1:00 p.m. The Dogs return home to Pete Beiden Field April 15-17 hosting Nevada.
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