May 6, 2006
Fresno, Calif. - A four-run first inning proved to be merely an appetizer for a huge second inning, as Fresno State moved out to a 17-2 lead after two innings on the way to their second win over Nevada. Beau Mills had a single and grand slam in the inning for six RBI, and Christian Vitters hit two doubles as the Bulldogs put 13 runs on the board in the second, which broke the old mark of 12.
Steve Susdorf started out the bottom half of the first with a leadoff walk, and Loren Storey beat out a drag bunt to put two runners on with no outs. Kent Sakamoto started out with the first of many big hits on the night, doubling to left field to put the `Dogs on the board. Beau Mills grounded out, scoring Storey from third, and a squeeze bunt by Christian Vitters brought home Sakamoto. The Bulldogs scored one more run in the inning off of a double steal by Brian Lapin and Nick Moresi.
Nevada climbed closer in the top of the second, as Jordan Opdyke led off the inning with a single, and was brought home by Durrell Williams, who hit his first home run of the season off of the top of the wall in left to cut the lead to 4-2.
The fireworks really started in the second inning. Erik Wetzel grounded out to start the inning, but a huge rally was sparked as Steve Susdorf reached on an error to second base, the first of fourteen consecutive Bulldogs to reach base. Loren Storey singled, and Kent Sakamoto was walked to load the bases for Beau Mills. Mills then singled to bring home two runs, and Christian Vitters followed with a double that brought home two more runs. The offense continued to rally as Nick Moresi was plunked, and Brian Lapin had another two-run hit, a double that knocked starter Travis Sutton out of the game. The damage continued however, as the Bulldogs scored two more runs and loaded the bases for Beau Mills' second at bat of the inning, where the sophomore homered to right field for his twelfth home run of the season and his second grand slam. When the inning ended on the 16th batter, the Bulldogs had scored 13 runs, a school record for one inning, and had tied another school record with 10 hits.
Faced with a long break, Eddie Romero responded by striking out the side in the third inning, and cruised through the rest of the game on the way to his 10th win of the season. The junior struck out 10, a season high for the lefty and matching the best on the season for any Fresno State pitcher. The Bulldog offense added two runs in the fifth and Shawn Scobee hit his 15th home run of the season to contribute to the final score. Tanner Scheppers and Jason Breckley combined to pitch the final two innings.
The two teams conclude their three-game series tomorrow as Andy Underwood takes the mound against Ryan Rodriguez. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
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