Bulldogs Battle USF Tough
April 30, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team erased a 6-3 deficit against the University of San Francisco with a run in the eighth and two in the ninth to tie the game at six. But USF took advantage of a Fresno State miscue in the bottom half of the ninth inning to win 7-6 on Wednesday afternoon.
Fresno State is now 26-21 while San Francisco improved to 26-20.
The Bulldogs had 12 hits for the game with Alan Ahmady going 3 for 4 with one run batted in and two runs scored. Trent Soares had two hits while Tommy Mendonca also had two hits and two RBIs. Mendonca hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning to give Fresno State a 3-2 lead.
Trailing 6-3 going into the eighth, Ahmady and Mendonca both singled to open the inning. Mendonca advanced to second on his hit after an error by the USF right fielder, allowing Ahmady to score on the play.
Then in the top of the ninth, Erik Wetzel led off with a double off the left field fence. With one out Ahmady reached on an infield single and Mendonca then hit into what looked to be a double play. But the umpires ruled that Ahmady and Mendonca were both safe on the play, thus allowing Wetzel to bring the Bulldogs within a run at 6-5. Ahmady was able to move to third on the play to set up the game-tying sacrifice bunt but by Ryan Overland.
USF scored the game-winning run with one out in the ninth inning.
Fresno State scored first in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Susdorf lead off the inning with an infield single and would later advance to second on a passed ball. He then scored on a single by Ahmady to center field.
In the third inning Ahmady led off with a double to right field. He later scored on an single by Trent Soares to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. After USF tied the game at two in the bottom of the third, Mendonca hit a homerun over the right field fence to give Fresno State a 3-2 lead after the fourth inning.
The Dons tied the game at three in the fifth and then took a 6-3 lead with a three run seventh inning.
Fresno State returns to conference play this weekend when they play a four-game series at Beiden Field against New Mexico State. All four games can be heard live on 580 KMJ. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m.
"Join the State - Fresno State"Saturday, May 3 is Youth Baseball Day. All youth baseball players eighth grade and under get in free if they come in uniform. For ticket package information log onto gobulldogs.com.