April 11, 2008
Fresno, Calif. - Justin Wilson fanned a career high 11 batters and Steve Susdorf became the fifth Bulldog to hit 50 career doubles as Fresno State earned a 14-5 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday at Beiden Field.
The `Dogs offense pounded 14 hits as they improved to 17-15 on the season and 6-3 in WAC play. Louisiana Tech dropped to 15-15 on the year and 2-9 in WAC play.
Alan Ahmady, Steve Detwiler, Gavin Hedstrom, Tommy Mendonca, Danny Muno, and Susdorf led the Bulldogs offensive attack with two hits apiece. Susdorf also had four RBIs while Hedstrom, Mendonca, and Nick Hom each had two.
Louisiana Tech got on the board early with a first-inning grand slam off the bat of Jericho Jones for a 4-0 lead. After the grand slam Wilson struck out his 11 batters and allowed only five hits the rest of the way.
"I really like what Wilson did," Fresno State coach Mike Batesole said. "He came out and he didn't have anything that was repeatable. He couldn't repeat his fastball. He couldn't repeat his breaking ball. Somewhere about the middle of the second inning he started to feel it and find it and he could start to repeat things. That was pretty special after that. For me, that was the best thing that happened today."
In the third inning, the Fresno State bats caught fire.
With Muno on second, Hedstrom blasted a two-run home run to left field to cut the deficit to 4-2. Wetzel then reached on an error before Ahmady and Detwiler loaded the bases with back-to-back singles.
Mendonca tied the game at four with a single to center, scoring Wetzel and Ahmady. Hom followed by ripping a double to left to bring in Detwiler and Mendonca for a 6-4 Fresno State lead.
Hedstrom and Wetzel led off the fourth inning with a pair of singles before Susdorf notched his 32nd and 33rd RBIs of the season on a scorching double to the right-center wall. Susdorf later scored on a Detwiler sacrifice fly to extend the advantage to 9-4.
Fresno State added five more runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run Muno single, to cap the scoring of the nine-run victory.
The series continues with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. and a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m. All games can be heard live on KMJ 580 AM.
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