Baseball Buzzes Back, Rips Hornets 10-6
Senior Kenneth Wise went 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of walks to help spark Fresno State to a 10-6 conference victory over Sac State on Saturday night.
Senior Kenneth Wise went 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of walks to help spark Fresno State to a 10-6 conference victory over Sac State on Saturday night.
May 5, 2012

Box Score

By Stephen Trembley & Lisa Beach

FRESNO, Calif. --- It's the beginning of the stretch drive for the Fresno State baseball team and the Bulldogs were locked and loaded on Saturday night in beating Sacramento State 10-6 in a Western Athletic Conference game before an announced crowd of 2,143 at Pete Beiden Field.

"We did a great job with our game today and got some nice bunts down that we beat out for hits. RBIs also," Bulldogs' head baseball coach Mike Batesole said. "You put those two things together when you play catch and being aggressive on offense and attacking when they make a mistake. That's how you get to double digits."

After Sac State scored an early run in the first, Fresno State sophomore Jake Alvarez tied the game 1-1 with a fifth-inning RBI single to right field to plate Chris Mariscal from third.

Outfielder Aaron Judge then gave the 'Dogs the lead with a RBI double to right field that drove in Alvarez and Trent Garrison made it a two-run advantage with a RBI single of his own to put Fresno State up 3-1.

An inning later, senior Patrick Hutcheson hit a RBI double to the center field gap, scoring Mariscal and Alvarez for a 5-2 edge for the Bulldogs.

Fresno State doubled its total with five more in the eighth, highlighted by a Hutcheson RBI sacrifice bunt, the last two of Garrison's three RBI in the game and Wise ripping a double to left centerfield gap for the 10-2 lead.



The Hornets chipped away for four futile runs in the ninth, but Fresno State shut the door for its third WAC win of the year.

Bulldog junior starting pitcher Justin Haley zeroed in for eight strikeouts with just a single walk over 7.1 innings to post his sixth victory of the season from the hill and lowered his earned run average to 2.97 for the year.

In total, Wise (3-for-3, double, two RBI) and Alvarez (3-for-4, two runs, RBI) tallied three hits each to lead the Bulldogs at the plate, who as a team combined for 14 hits and chased Sac State starter Brennan Leitao after six innings.

"Today we came out and we got the key hit to get those RBIs for us and I think we played a good game as a team today," Hutcheson said. "It was a great team effort. When we got a runner on second, we used that bunt to get them over, and it's working out for us. We're getting the hits right after that, and we're picking each other up. That's trust. Any guy can do it, and we showed that today."

Wise and Alvarez are both now hitting .571 during their last four games.

"Everyone on the team right now is taking good at bats and it's contagious," Wise said. "We [had been] trying way too hard and pushing ourselves too much. Right now, we're just relaxed and going with the flow with everything."

Fresno State (20-23, 3-8 WAC) and Sacramento State (25-22, 8-6 WAC) will wrap up the weekend conference series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

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