May 2, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - No. 17 Fresno State baseball run-ruled Hawai'i 12-2 in seven innings on Monday night. The Bulldogs split the four-game series with the Rainbows and are a half game behind the Bows in the race for the Western Athletic Conference title. The Dogs improve to 30-9 on the season and 10-5 in WAC play.
Fresno State out hit Hawai'i 11-6 with four Bulldogs recording a multi-hit game. Seniors Danny Muno, Garrett Weber, Jordan Ribera and junior Kenny Wise all had two hits on the night. Ribera and Wise both tallied a game-high three RBIs.
Junior Tom Harlan made his 10th start of the 2011 season on Monday night. The lefty struck out three of the first six batters he faced. He also sat down the first six batters in order.
In the second inning, Ribera saw a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning and he advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Weber grounded out to the shortstop as Ribera advanced to third base. Wise grounded out to second base allowing Ribera to score and the Dogs led, 1-0.
Weber and Wise hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning extending the Dogs lead to 3-0 over first place Hawai'i. The Bulldogs have hit 30 home runs this year and five against the Rainbows.
Freshman Aaron Judge continued the fourth inning rally drawing a walk. Catcher Austin Wynns hit a sacrifice to move the runner over and reached base on a fielding error. Muno drove in his 36th RBI on the season with a single up the middle and Dogs lead increased 4-0.
With the bases loaded, Ribera kept the fourth inning alive with a single up the middle that scored two more Bulldog runs. Weber singled up the middle driving in the sixth run of the inning and increased the Dogs lead 7-0.
Harlan struck out a career-high six batter in six and a third innings of work. He earned his fourth win of the year on the mound and allowed only two runs. Harlan gave up six hits and threw five scoreless innings.
In the fifth inning, Muno drove in another run with a single up the middle extending the Bulldogs lead 8-0.
Hawai'i got on the board in the top of the sixth inning. Jeffery Van Doornum hit a double off the right field wall bringing in two runs and trailed the Dogs 8-2.
The Bulldogs added three more run in the sixth inning. Wise recorded his second hit of the night and drove in a run. With runners in scoring position, Wynns grounded out driving in another run and a wild pitch brought Wise home as the Dogs took a 11-2 lead into the seventh inning.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Dusty Robinson hit a double to left field. Ribera singled through the right side bringing home Robinson and giving the Dogs the win 12-2. It was the first time the Bulldogs have mercy ruled an opponent this season.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs hit the road for a four-game WAC series against Louisiana Tech May 6-8. The Dogs return to Beiden Field on May 12-15 hosting New Mexico State in their final WAC series of the season. For more information and tickets call 278-DOGS or log on to gobulldogs.com.
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