April 12, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team rallied from a six-run deficit after five innings to beat Louisiana Tech 9-8 in game 1 of a double header on Saturday at Beiden Field. The win is the largest come from behind victory of the season and it upped the Fresno State record to 18-15 and 7-3 in WAC play while Louisiana Tech dropped to 15-16 and 2-10 in conference.
Fresno State pounded out 11 hits with Danny Muno, Gavin Hedstrom and Alan Ahmady each having two. Brandon Burke upped his record to 4-3 as he pitched the final two innings, scattering four hits and allowing one run. With the scored tied at seven going into the ninth inning, Louisiana Tech scored a run in the top half of the inning to lead 8-7.
Muno started the bottom of the ninth with a double down the left-field line. Hedstrom then advanced Muno to third on a single up the middle. Erik Wetzel reached on a fielder's choice that scored Muno to tie the game at eight. Ahmady then singled home the winning run on a single to center field, scoring Wetzel.
Fresno State trailed 7-1 after the fifth inning when they scored two runs in the sixth to cut the Bulldog lead to 7-3. An inning later Steve Detwiler led off the seventh with a homerun over the left field fence. Danny Grubb walked and a batter later moved to second base on a Hedstrom single. Wetzel then walked to load the bases with one out.
With two outs Ahmady hit a fly ball to center field that was dropped by the Louisiana Tech center fielder allowing Wetzel, Grubb and Hedstrom to all score and tie the game. Ahmady was able to advance to third on the Louisiana Tech miscue.
Game 2 Tanner Scheppers struck out a career high 12 batters to help lead Fresno State to an 11-1 seven inning win in game 2 of a doubleheader on Saturday evening. Scheppers, who allowed only three hits, is now 5-2 on the season. The Bulldogs are now 19-15 and 8-3 in WAC play.
"Scheppers getting it done today really helped us," Fresno State baseball coach Mike Batesole said. "This really helped us save our bullpen. When you are talking about four games in 48 hours and you get a complete game that really helps."
Fresno State scored their 11 runs on 11 hits as Hedstrom, Wetzel, Susdorf and Ahmady all had two hit games. Ahmady had a game-best five RBIs along with his second two-homerun game of the season.
Ahmady first bomb of the game came in the first inning on a two-run shot to left field. The Bulldogs got three runs in the first and led 3-1 after four innings. The Dogs got another three runs in the fifth and added four more in the sixth, with three of the runs coming on a three-run homerun by Ahmady.
The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Beiden Field. The game can be heard live on 580 KMJ.
"Join the State - Fresno State"The Fresno State baseball team concludes its series with Louisiana Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. For ticket information click on the link at the top of the page.
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