April 22, 2011
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The No. 12 Fresno State baseball team earned its 27th victory of 2011 after defeating Sacramento State, 7-3, on Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs are 27-6 on the season and have a 7-2 record in Western Athletic Conference play.
Danny Muno, Kenny Wise and Austin Wynns all recorded two hits in the second game of the series and accounted for six of the Bulldogs nine hits. Muno recorded a game-high three RBIs and leads the team with 34 RBIs this season.
Sacramento State scored its first run of the series as the Dogs turned a 4-6-3 double play. The Hornets took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Muno made a great play diving to his left to field the ball and jumped up to throw the Hornet runner out at first base to end the inning.
The Bulldogs had another great defensive play to end the second inning. Garrett Weber robbed a Hornet batter of a single after jumping to get the line out on the edge of the outfield grass.
Freshman Aaron Judge hit a line drive to right field for a single in the top of the third inning. Wynns got on base after getting hit by a pitch when he squared around to bunt. Sophomore Justin Charles bunted down the third base line and loaded the bases with a fielder's choice. Muno hit a stand up double to the gap in right center field bringing in two runs as the Dogs took the lead, 2-1.
The inning continued as Weber executed a perfect bunt back to the pitcher beating the throw to first base and allowing a run to score. Senior Jordan Ribera hit a sacrifice fly to dead center field missing the home run by a few feet, but allowed a run to score increasing the Bulldogs lead, 4-1.
Starter Josh Poytress retired six Hornet batters in order, including one three-pitch strikeout. He recorded a total of five strikeouts in his fifth win of the season. The junior hurled a career-high eight innings against the Hornets. His previous career-high was seven and third innings earlier this season against San Diego.
The lefty allowed two earned runs and one walk in his fourth start on the mound. Poytress has allowed a total of 11 earned runs and has an ERA of 2.27. Sacramento State added a run in the bottom of the third inning after scoring on a ground rule double. The Hornets trailed the Bulldogs 4-2 after three innings.
In the top of the fourth inning, Wise ripped a base single through the right side to lead off. Judge hit a sacrifice bunt moving Wise into scoring position. Wynns drives in another Bulldog run with his seventh double of the year to right field and the Dogs lead grew, 5-2.
Muno kept the fourth inning alive with an RBI single through the left side and the Dogs lead 6-2. He has hit five consecutive multi-hit games dating back to the Nevada series last weekend. Muno has 305 career hits and is 36 hits away from breaking the Fresno State record.
Wynns caught a Hornet runner attempting to steal second base in the fifth inning. The sophomore catcher leads the WAC in caught stealing with 13 in 2011.
In the seventh inning, Charles reached on an error by the Hornet first baseman. The sophomore moved in to scoring position after a balk was called on the pitcher. Weber hit a sacrifice bunt that allowed Charles to score increasing the Dogs lead, 7-2.
The Hornets scored one run in the bottom of the seventh inning with an RBI double off the left field wall. The Bulldogs took a 87-3 lead into the top of the eighth inning.
The Bulldogs turned their second double play of the game in the eighth inning. Fresno State has fielded 33 double plays and is fourth in the WAC in fielding double plays.
The Dogs won the second game of the series against Sacramento State 7-3.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs conclude their road series against Sacramento State on Saturday, April 23 with a doubleheader starting at 11:30 a.m. at John Smith Field. The Dogs return home to face Hawai'i April 29- May 1. For tickets call 278-DOGS or log on to gobulldogs.com.
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