No. 17 Dogs Defeat La Tech
May 6, 2011
RUSTON, La. - No. 17 Fresno State baseball beat Louisiana Tech 9-4 on Friday night. The Bulldogs improved to 31-9 on the season and 11-5 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Dogs scored six of nine runs with two outs.
Senior Jordan Ribera drove in four of nine Bulldogs runs after going 2-for-4 with a single and a double. Brennan Gowens was perfect at the plate hitting 3-for-3 with an RBI. The Dogs recorded nine hits with six different players recording a hit.
Gowens singled to right field for the first hit of the night against La Tech. Outfielder Dusty Robinson followed with a double off the right field wall to put two runners in scoring position. Ribera hit a sacrifice fly to right field bringing in a run as the Dogs take a 1-0 lead.
Greg Gonzalez got the starting nod on the hill Friday night. The senior struck out the first two batters he faced. He struck out three-straight batters at one point in the early innings of the first game of the series. Gonzalez recorded eight strikeouts bringing his season total of 96. Prior to Friday's game, Gonzalez was seventh in the nation in strikeouts.
Louisiana Tech threatened in the bottom of the second inning, but shortstop Garrett Weber threw a La Tech runner out at home plate to preserve the Bulldogs one-run lead.
In the top of the third inning, Pat Hutcheson reached second base on an error by the La Tech center fielder. Senior Danny Muno grounded to first base allowing Hutcheson to advance to third base. Robinson hit a sacrifice fly to bring in another Bulldog run. Ribera singled to right field allowing Gowens to score and the Dogs lead 3-0.
La Tech got on the board in the bottom of the third inning after scoring one run on two hits. Fresno State took a 3-1 lead into the fourth inning.
Muno singled through the right side in the top of the fifth inning. Gowens reached base for the third time tonight after hitting a single into right field and advanced to second base with his fifth stolen base of the season. Ribera drove in two more Bulldog runs with a double off the left field wall extending the Dogs lead, 5-1.
Gonzalez sat down the batters in order in the bottom of the sixth inning. The senior hurled seven inning allowing only two runs and seven hits. He threw five scoreless innings en route to his eight win of the year.
Gonzalez is 8-0 on the mound in 12 appearances. He has allowed 12 earned runs in 80.2 innings this season and has an overall ERA of 1.34.
In the seventh inning, Muno led off with a walk. He has 197 career walks in his four year career as a Bulldog. Gowens hit a bunt single down the first base line putting two runners on base for Fresno State. Robinson reached base on a fielder's choice and Muno advanced to third base. Weber drove in a pair of runs with a single to center field as the Dogs lead increased, 7-1.
Louisiana Tech scored another run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman shortstop Ryan Gebhardt hit an RBI single to center field as the Dogs continue to lead 7-2.
Wynns reached first base in the eighth inning on an error by the La Tech third baseman. He moved to second base on a wild pitch. Four-straight walks loaded the bases and then brought home two Bulldog runs as the lead grew, 9-2.
J.D Salles took over on the mound in the eighth inning. The redshirt freshman threw two innings and one scoreless inning. He gave up three hits and two runs in his seventh appearance on the year. Salles has allowed six earned runs in 14.1 innings for an ERA of 3.77.
La Tech added two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning after Mark Threlkeld hit a two RBI doubled off the wall in right field.
The Bulldogs win the first game of the series, 9-4 and continue the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m.
Gonzalez Named to CBF Watch List
College Baseball Foundation announced the 2011 Pitcher of the Year Watch List on Friday afternoon. Fresno State right-hander Greg Gonzalez was selected to the 25-man watch list.
The senior is the only pitcher from the Western Athletic Conference to be named to the watch list and one of three from a California school.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs continue the WAC series against Louisiana Tech with a doubleheader on may 7 at 11 a.m. PT. 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.