April 20, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State (24-19, 9-4) seized their twenty-fourth victory over New Mexico State (17-22, 4-9) Friday night at Beiden Field. The Bulldogs were led by Clayton Allison (8-3, 3.84) who threw seven innings only allowing five hits. Allison also struck out a season and career-high nine batters. Fresno State also captured its first shutout of the season.
"Feels great to get a shutout," said Allison. "The pitchers did pretty well all night and the offense manufactured runs. I was getting ahead in the count and not walking any guys paid off."
To start the bottom of the second inning off Steve Susdorf singled up the middle. In the next at bat Ozzie Lewis singled to left field reaching second on the throw and moving Susdorf to third. The first RBI was recorded by Tom Mendonca who hit into a ground out.
The fourth run came in when Todd Sandell launched a deep ball off the left field wall scoring Mendonca at 4-0. In the bottom of the fifth inning Fresno State scored its fifth run when Steve Susdorf grounded out bringing in Loren Storey who earlier tripled.
The sixth run came in for the Bulldogs when Erik Wetzel tripled to right center scoring Todd Sandell. The final run came in the bottom of the eigth inning when Steve Detwiler singled to the shortstop scoring Gavin Hedstrom from third.
On the night Loren Storey and Todd Sandell went 2-for-3. Storey had one triple while Sandell had one double and one single with one RBI. Steve Susdorf also went 2-for-4 with two singles and three RBI's.
"Ever since we started conference everything has been going in our direction," said Steve Susdorf. "Our pitching looks great and Allison threw great tonight. We are taking a lot of good at bats."
In anticipation of inclement weather the Fresno State baseball team will play a double header against New Mexico State tomorrow beginning at 1:05 p.m. Games scheduled for Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon will be played back-to-back with a 30 minute break.
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