May 2, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - In what was a high-scoring affair, the Fresno State baseball team survived a six-run fifth inning by New Mexico State to win 11-8 on Friday night at Beiden Field. Fresno State improves its WAC best record to 15-6 and 27-21 overall while New Mexico State dropped to 22-26 and 9-12 in WAC.
"You have to get these Friday night games because it gets the weekend off to a good start," Fresno State coach Mike Batesole said. Fresno State has now won five straight Friday night conference games.
Steve Susdorf hit two homeruns and moved into fifth place on the schools All-Time homerun list as he has 32 homeruns and sits in fifth place with Pete Dalena, who played at Fresno State in 1981-82. For the game Susdorf finished 4 for 5 with six RBIs and scored two runs.
Erik Wetzel also went 4 for 5 and scored three runs on the game. Danny Muno and Tommy Mendonca each had two hits. Mendonca and Susdorf both homered in the game. As a team, Fresno State pounded out 15 hits while New Mexico State had 11.
Sean Bonesteele earned his first win of the season as he got the final two outs of the fifth inning. Brandon Burke was then impressive in the next 3 1/3 innings as he allowed only one hit while striking out three batters. Tanner Scheppers earned his first save of the season as he struck out the final two batters.
The Bulldogs got off to a hot start as they jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the second inning. After the Aggies scored a run in the top of the first inning the Bulldogs came back with four in the bottom half of the inning.
Muno started the inning with a double to left-center. Wetzel then reached base on a throwing error by New Mexico State pitcher Tyler Sturdevant, allowing Muno to score. Susdorf then hit his first homerun of the game on a shot to left field to give the Dogs the 3-1 lead. Then with one out Mendonca hit his 11th homerun of the season to top off Fresno State's four-run inning.
Trent Soares led off the third inning with a double to left-center and later advanced to third on a one-out single by Wetzel. Soares scored on a singled by Susdorf. Wetzel later scored on a sacrifice fly by Alan Ahmady.
New Mexico State scored a run in the top of the fourth but the Bulldogs countered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to lead 8-2.
But New Mexico State then scored six runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game eight. Fresno State recaptured the lead at 10-8 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Steve Detwiler singled to right field and advanced to second on an error by the New Mexico State right fielder. Then with one out Muno hit an RBI single to right field that platted Detwiler. Muno later scored on an infield single by Mendonca.
The Dogs added to the lead with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
"Join the State - Fresno State" The series resumes with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. The game can be heard live on 580 KMJ. Saturday is Youth Baseball Day. All youth eighth grade and under can get in free to the game if their wear their baseball uniforms.
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