May 6, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State scored runs early and late in a 10-4 win over San Jose State. The Bulldogs used early triples from Nick Moresi and Ozzie Lewis to open up a 4-0 lead. Then, holding on late with a 5-4 lead, the Bulldogs scored five runs on the eighth on the strength of home runs from Beau Mills and Kent Sakamoto. Matt Garza got the win for the Bulldogs, his third in a row.
The Bulldogs scored in the first again, as Nick Moresi hit a triple to right to keep the Bulldogs alive, and then Beau Mills got the first of his two RBI on a double to right, scoring Moresi. Fresno State scored two more in the third off of singles from Chase Moore and Brian Lapin, and a final early run in the fourth after Ozzie Lewis scored after a leadoff triple.
San Jose State rallied back in the sixth inning. Matt Garza, who had cruised through five innings, got the first two outs before allowing two straight walks. The Spartans then made the Bulldogs pay as Nate Corrick doubled and Nick Epiendo singled home Corrick to bring the score to 4-3. The Bulldogs added another run in the bottom of the seventh to cushion their lead 5-3.
The Spartans rallied in the eighth however. Travis Becktel singled and stole second for San Jose State, and Anthony Contreras followed with another single to add another run. With runners on the corners and nobody out, Eddie Romero struck out Brandon Fromm, and was relived by Rudy Quinonez. Quinonez walked the bases full with one out, but got two outs and allowed only a single run to keep the Bulldog lead at 5-4.
The bats for Fresno came out at that point. The Bulldogs drew two leadoff walks to start the inning, and Chrisitan Vitters doubled to bring home a run and put two runners on for Kent Sakamoto. Sakamoto, who added to a eight-game hitting streak, crushed a home-run to center field to make the score 9-4, and Beau Mills followed two batters later with another home run, his eighteeth of the year.
Brandon Burke closed out the game for the Bulldogs, and Matt Garza picked up the win, his fifth of the season. The two teams face off again tomorrow night, as right-hander Doug Fister takes the mound for the Bulldogs against San Jose State's top left-hander Branden Dewing. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35, and the game will be held at Beiden Field.
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