No. 13 Dogs Defeat Wolf Pack
April 15, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 13 Fresno State baseball rallied for five late inning runs to earn the win, 8-3, over Nevada Friday night. The Bulldogs are 23-5 on the season and are 3-2 in Western Athletic Conference play.
The Dogs had 12 hits and seven walks against the Wolf Pack. In the eighth inning, the Bulldogs recorded five hits and three walks. Outfielders Aaron Judge and Brennan Gowens recorded seven of the Bulldogs 12 hits. Judge went 4-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs. Gowens was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
The Bulldogs struck first in the second inning scoring two runs on two hits to take an early 2-0 lead over Nevada. Jordan Ribera drew a walk to lead off the second inning. Designated hitter Kenny Wise doubled off the center field wall driving in the Dogs first run of the night. Ribera scored giving the Bulldogs the lead 1-0.
Gowens hit a sacrifice bunt moving Wise to third base. Gowens leads the team with seven sacrifice hits in 28 games. Judge brought home another Bulldog run with a single up the middle and Fresno State increased its lead 2-0.
Nevada got on the board in the fourth inning cutting the Bulldogs lead to 2-1. Brian Barnett hit an RBI double to the gap in right center field.
Starter Greg Gonzalez sat down six straight batters from the second to third inning. In the fourth inning, he struck out the side and is the second Bulldog to strike out all three batters in an inning this season.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Gowens hit a base knock to center field. The Dogs executed a perfect hit-and-run play as Judge singled through the right side and Gowens advanced to third base. Catcher Austin Wynns drove in Gowens with a single through the left side and the Bulldogs lead grew 3-1.
Gonzalez struck out four consecutive batters at one point in the game. He struck out a total of seven Wolf Pack batters. He leads the team and WAC in strikeouts with 65 on the year.
Wynns caught a Wolf Pack runner attempting to steal second to end the top of the fifth inning. He caught another runner in the seventh and eighth innings. The sophomore has caught 11 runners stealing in 2011. Wynns is tied for first in the WAC in throwing runners out.
Gonzalez hurled six and a third innings on Friday giving up two runs. The senior threw five scoreless innings and allowed five hits. Gonzalez has allowed only 10 earned runs in nine starts and has an ERA of 1.51.
The Wolf Pack added a run in the sixth inning with an RBI single as they trailed the Bulldogs 3-2.
Cody Kendall entered the game in relief in the seventh inning. The junior struck out one batter in two and two-thirds innings pitched. Kendall earned his fifth win of the year on the mound and is 5-0 in 2011.
Nevada tied the game in the top of the eighth inning after scoring a run on an RBI single through the left side.
In the eighth inning, Wynns led off with a single to the second baseman. Pat Hutcheson reached base earning his third walk of the night. Danny Muno reached on a fielder's choice as Hutcheson was thrown out at second base and Wynns moved to third base. A wild pitch put Muno on second base and Garrett Weber was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dusty Robinson grounded out allowing the go ahead run to score and the Dogs regain the lead 4-3.
Designated hitter Justin Charles kept the rally alive with a single up the middle allowing tow more runs to score. He has recorded four hits this year. Gowens followed with another single up the middles bringing in Bulldog runner and the Dogs extended their lead, 7-3.
The eighth inning continued as Judge hit his fourth base knock of the game allowing the fifth Bulldog run of the inning. Fresno State took an 8-3 lead into the top of the ninth inning.
J.D. Salles came into close in the ninth inning. The right-hander struck out two of three batters he faced.
The Dogs won 8-3 over Nevada improving to 3-2 in WAC play.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs continue the four-game WAC series against Nevada on Saturday, April 16 with a doubleheader starting at 2:05 p.m. All little leaguers in the eighth grade or younger, who wear their jersey to the game Saturday get in for free with a paid adult. For tickets call 278-DOGS or log on to gobulldogs.com.