April 25, 2008
RENO, NV- - The Fresno State baseball team got off to a quick start offensively with six runs in the first inning and solid pitching from Tanner Scheppers, Kris Tomlinson and Holden Sprague to win the opening game of a four-game series against the University of Nevada 9-3, Friday night at Peccole Park.
Fresno State is now 26-17 overall and maintain its first place lead in the WAC with a 14-3 mark. Nevada dropped to 22-18 and 9-8 in conference.
The Bulldog pitchers combined to strike out 18 Nevada batters. Scheppers upped his record to 7-2 as he pitched 6.2 innings, struck out a career high 13 batters while allowing only three hits and five walks. Tomlinson struck out the final batter of the seventh inning while Sprague struck out four and allowed no hits in the final two innings.
Fresno State smacked 13 hits with Danny Grubb leading the way going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in. Alan Ahmady went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Erik Wetzel also had two hits for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases twice in the first inning, sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs to get off to a solid start. Danny Muno started the game with an infield single and Gavin Hedstrom followed with a double to right-center. Wetzel then walked to load the bases. The Bulldogs scored their first run when Nevada pitcher Rod Scurry walked Steve Susdorf, allowing Muno to cross the plate. Scurry only lasted .2 of the first inning.
Ahmady then drilled a two RBI single to left field to up the Fresno State lead to 3-0. With one out Ryan Overland reached on a fielder's choice and the bases were loaded for the second time of the inning after Steve Detwiler walked. Then with two outs Grubb hit a bases-clearing double to left-center to give the Bulldogs the 6-0 lead.
The Wolf Pack scored two runs in the bottom half of the first but Fresno State came back in the top of the second to score a run to lead 7-2. Hedstrom started the inning with a walk and Wetzel then reached on a bunt. With one out Ahmady singled home Hedstrom on a single to centerfield to give the Bulldogs a 7-2 lead.
The Dogs got out of a bases loaded jam in third to maintain the 7-2 lead. But Nevada scored a run in the fifth to cut its deficit to 7-3. Fresno State would score a run in the eighth and ninth to seal the win.
The series continues on Saturday with a double header beginning at 1 p.m. No matter how early the first game ends, the second game will begin at 5 p.m. because both games can be seen live on CBS College Sports, formerly known as CSTV. Both games can also be heard live on 580 KMJ.
"Join the State - Fresno State" The Fresno State baseball team continues its series at Nevada Saturday and Sunday. For upcoming home games and ticket information click on the tickets link at the top of the page.
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