May 1, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 13 Fresno State baseball team earned its ninth conference victory after beating Hawai'i, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon. Junior outfielder Brennan Gowens hit the game-winning home run in the seventh inning to give the Dogs the win. The Bulldogs are 29-9 on the season and are 9-5 in Western Athletic Conference play.
"It's a big win for us and we want to keep it rolling into tomorrow," said Gowens. "We can't wait to get back out there. We were disappointed after the first two games and knew that we needed to get back in it with a win."
Gowens was 3-for-3 at the plate with a team-high three RBIs. He was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle after recording a double, a single and a home run. Gowens also scored two of four Bulldog runs against the Rainbows.
"Just trying to stick to the plan and get the right pitch," said Gowens about his game-winning homer. "Can't control where the ball goes, but luckily it worked out."
Sunday starter Tyler Linehan recorded two quick hits before giving up a hit. The freshman picked off the Hawai'i runner at first base to end the first inning without a threat.
In the bottom of the first inning, Gowens doubled off the wall in left center field for the Bulldogs first hit of the game. The outfielder scored from second base on a wild pitch giving the Dogs the lead, 1-0.
The Bulldogs field double play No. 34 to end the top of the fourth inning. The Dogs have turned three double plays this weekend against the Rainbows.
Hawai'i hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning and tied the game, 1-1.
The Rainbows took the lead, 2-1, after Kolten Wong hit an RBI single through the right side.
Linehan threw a career-high seven and third innings against the Rainbows. The freshman tied his career-high of seven strikeouts. He has a total of 31 strikeouts on the year and is 4-2 on the mound in four starts. He gave up two earned runs and has an ERA of 3.00.
"Linehan was awesome on the mound," said Gowens. "He gave us multiple chances to come through and he's a great pitcher. I am really proud of him."
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bulldogs answered tying the game 2-2 after Gowens hit an RBI single to center field brining home Pat Hutcheson. Hutcheson reach base after hitting a bunt down the third base line.
Gowens struck again in the bottom of the seventh inning recording his third hit of the day. The junior launched a two-run home run to right field giving the Dogs the lead, 4-2. Gowens has hit five home runs this season.
Taylor Garrison made his second appearance of the weekend on Sunday and earned his first save of the year. He struck out one in one and two-third innings of work.
The Dogs beat Hawai'i 4-2 and finish the series against the Rainbows on Monday, Amy 2 at 6:05 p.m.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs conclude the series against Hawai'i on Monday, May 2 at 6:05. The Dogs next play at Beiden Field May 12-15 against New Mexico State. For tickets call 278-DOGS or log on to gobulldogs.com.
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