April 17, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State mounted two combacks, but Louisiana Tech picked up the third win in the series after a 10-7 slugfest on Sunday. The Bulldogs were led by Beau Mills, who was 2-for-4 with a homer and an intentional walk, and Kent Sakamoto, who hit a two run single to give Fresno State a 5-4 lead in the fifth. Louisiana Tech came back and scored four in the bottom half of the frame on the way to the victory.
Louisiana Tech wasted no time in getting on the board. Fresno State starter Doug Fister hit Brady Bascle and walked Ben Tabor before allowing a three-run home run to cleanup hitter Ryan Hamilton giving Tech a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs would add another run in the second inning when Albie Goulder hit a solo home run.
Fresno State mounted a comeback, though, starting in the third inning. Ryan Overland walked and DeAndre Miller was hit by a pitch to put two runners on, and two groundouts and an error scored both runners for the Bulldogs.
Overland started another big inning for Fresno State with a single in the top half of the fifth. Nick Moresi then walked and both runners advanced after a wild pitch. With an open base, Louisiana Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux intentionally walked Beau Mills for the third time on the weekend, but Christian Vitters walked with the bases loaded to add a run, and Kent Sakamoto came through with a two run single to left to give Fresno State a 5-4 lead.
Fister gave up three straight singles to open up the bottom of the fifth for Fresno State, and Louisiana Tech capitalized, scoring four runs by the time the inning ended. They would also add two more runs to make the score 10-5 by the seventh inning.
Beau Mills would lead one more shot at the Bulldogs though. After Brian Lapin grounded out for the first out of the inning, Nick Moresi singled and Mills hit his twelfth homerun of the year to make the score 10-7. Louisiana Tech's Steve Alverson retired both Christian Vitters and Kent Sakamoto following the homerun to end the game.
Fresno State heads back to Beiden Field next week, hosting three games against the Nevada Wolfpack.
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