April 22, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Matt Garza pitched eight strong innings to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Nevada Wolfpack on Friday night at Beiden Field. Garza allowed just two hits while striking out nine to get his third win of the season. Beau Mills outhit and outscored Nevada by himself from the offensive side, going 3-for-4 with two solo homeruns to provide the offense for the Bulldogs.
Fans were treated to an pitcher's duel as both Garza and Nevada starter Tim Schoeninger pitched eight innings, and the game was tight all the way through. Nevada took the lead in the second inning, as Jacob Butler singled to right field to get the runner, and new second baseman Todd Sandell misplayed a double-play ball to allow runners at the corners. Butler would then score on an error from third baseman Beau Mills to give the Wolfpack the lead.
Mills quickly recovered by turning on a Shoeninger offering to tie the score in the bottom half of the inning, and would repeat himself in the fourth, hitting a solo homerun to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.
That was all Garza needed in his longest start of the season. Garza used an economical seventh, getting through the inning in four pitches, to stretch to the eighth inning. A walk and an error put two runners on in the eighth, but Garza responded by striking out two of the next three batters before getting a groundball to shortstop Christian Vitters to exit another scoreless inning on pitch no. 133.
Fresno State added an insurance run in the botttom half of the eighth. DeAndre Miller, making the start at designated hitter, hit a comebacker up the middle to lead off the inning, and was pushed along by Steve Susdorf to continue the threat. Nick Moresi then followed through, singling to right, and Nevada rightfielder Shawn Scobee misplayed the ball, allowing Miller to score to make the total 3-1. Ryan Penn closed out the ninth, striking out two batters to pick up the save, his second of the season.
The Bulldogs continue to host Nevada in a three game set this weekend, with the second game commencing at 6:35 p.m. tomorrow. Sophomore Eddie Romero will take the hill for Fresno State against Nevada's Ryan Rodriguez.
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