Dogs Fall to Hawai'i, 6-5
April 29, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team scored a late inning run to send the first game of the series against Hawai'i into extra innings. The Bulldogs came up a run shy and lost to the Rainbows 6-5 on Friday night. The Dogs are 28-8 on the season and 8-4 in Western Athletic Conference play.
Fresno State saw another terrific outing from ace Greg Gonzalez. In his 11th start on the mound, Gonzalez struck out the side in the first and second innings. The senior finished the game with 11 strikeouts and leads the team and league in batters struck out with 88. Gonzalez made 11 of 15 outs by striking out the Hawai'i batters.
Hawai'i scored three unearned runs in the top of the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead.
Senior Danny Muno led off the bottom half of the inning with his 26th walk of the year. He moved into scoring position after stealing second base. Ribera crushed a two-run home run over the right field wall as the Dogs trailed 3-2. Ribera has four home runs on the season.
In the second inning, Aaron Judge singled to left and advanced to second base on a passed ball. Austin Wynns reached base on an error by the Hawai'i shortstop and Judge moved to third base on the play. Judge scored the tying run as the Bows attempted to run down Wynns at second base. The Dogs headed into the third inning with the game tied, 3-3.
Outfielder Dusty Robinson hit a base knock to third base to start off the third inning. Ribera recorded his second hit of the day with an RBI single up the middle giving the Dogs the lead, 4-3.
Gonzalez hurled five innings allowing three unearned runs. He has allowed only 10 earned runs in 11 appearances and has an ERA of 1.22. Gonzalez limited the Rainbows to three hits and two walks.
The righty threw four scoreless innings. Gonzalez left the game with the lead, but ended up with a no-decision. He has a record of 7-0 on the hill in 2011.
The Rainbows took back the lead in the sixth inning after scoring two runs. The Dogs trailed Hawai'i, 5-4, heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Judge recorded his third hit of the night with a single to third base. Pinch hitter Chris Mallory hit a clutch single up the middle advancing the runner to third base and Mallory advanced to second on the throw. Muno drove in the tying run with a base hit up the middle and headed to the ninth inning tied, 5-5.
Taylor Garrison threw two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief work. The junior struck out four batters. He has a total of 27 strikeouts on the season and has an ERA of 1.23.
Hawai'i scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch in the 10th inning. The Rainbows went on to win the first game of the series, 6-5.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs continue the series against Hawai'i on Saturday, April 30 at 6:05. On Saturday, all little league players in the eighth grade or younger get in free with a paid adult. And on Sunday, all veteran and active military get in free with their I.D. For tickets call 278-DOGS or log on to gobulldogs.com.