April 10, 2005
San Jose, Calif. - The Bulldogs fought back from an early 4-1 deficit to tie the deciding game of the San Jose State series at 5 runs apiece, but clutch hitting from the Spartans took down the Bulldogs in a game that had a little of everything, including injuries, ejections, and extra frames. Ryan Overland was the star offensively for the Bulldogs, batting 3-for-3, walking once and scoring once.
The original pitching matchup between Fresno State's Doug Fister and San Jose State's Brad Kilby had many expecting a pitcher's dual, and it looked like it would progress that way. Both starters limited the hits given up against them, but four hit batsmen by Fister led to four early runs from the Spartans.
The Bulldogs produced their first run in the third inning. Leadoff hitter DeAndre Miller walked to start a rally, and after Kilby balked Miller over to second, Christian Vitters came through with an RBI single to left which scored Miller. Nick Moresi singled giving Fresno State two baserunners when Beau Mills crushed a ball high over the foul pole in right field, but the ball was called foul in a judgement call, keeping the score at 4-1 after Mills struck out. San Jose State used two hit batters from Fister in the fourth inning to increase their lead to 4-1 after RBI singles from Raul Campos and Ryan Angel.
The fireworks really started in the fifth inning. Fresno State rallied to bring the game close again. Kilby, who had cruised up to that point, was forced to leave the game because of an injury after walking the first batter of the inning, Ryan Overland. Matt Winck then took over and walked DeAndre Miller, and retired Christian Vitters, but both runners advanced on the groundout. Nick Moresi then hit an infield single down the third base line, holding the runners but loading the bases with one out. Beau Mills followed with a shallow single to right field that scored Overland, and Kent Sakamoto drew a walk to score another run, making the score 4-3.
Chase Moore was next up to bat, and hit a fly ball to right field, and San Jose State's Nate Corrick made an excellent throw to the home plate for a close play at the plate with Nick Moresi, who was tagging from third base. Home plate umpire Ken Bayne called Moresi out, and in frustration, Moresi threw his batting helmet towards the Fresno State dugout. Bayne immediately ejected Moresi, and shortly thereafter threw out an infuriated Mike Batesole who was arguing with Bayne.
Once the game continued, Doug Fister allowed one more run in the bottom half of the fifth inning to make the score 5-3, after Spartan Raul Campos hit a RBI double, his second RBI of the day.
Fresno State would mount a comeback, however. Steve Susdorf, who entered the game in place of the ejected Nick Moresi, doubled to left to start out the seventh inning. Susdorf advanced to third after a groundout by Beau Mills, and scored on a deep fly from Kent Sakamoto.
The team would then tie the game in the eighth. Brian Lapin drew a walk to start out the seventh inning, and a single from Ryan Overland put runners on the corners. San Jose State then went to closer Steve Jones, but DeAndre Miller singled up the middle, scoring Lapin and evening the score at five apiece.
San Jose had the advantage in the later innings though. Eddie Romero got the first batter in the ninth to fly out, but two singles gave the Spartans runners on the corners with one out in the ninth. Kent Sakamoto speared a liner at first to hold the runners, and relief pitcher Rudy Quinonez got out of the inning with a fly ball to left field.
After being set down in the tenth, the Spartans started another rally. Quinonez struck out the first batter he faced, but Nate Corrick doubled to left field to start the game-ending rally. A somewhat rattled Quinonez then hit Justin Santich-Hughes and walked David Pierson on four straight pitches to load the bases. Again, the Bulldogs looked to get out of the inning without trouble after Raul Campos grounded to third, and the Bulldogs got the force out at home to get the second out. Their luck ran out, however, as Anthony Contreras hit a single just out of the reach of Quinonez and a diving DeAndre Miller to end the game in the tenth, 6-5.
The Bulldogs are now 5-4 in conference play heading into their second straight road trip at Louisiana Tech, and are 19-19 overall.
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