May 7, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - For the second day in a row, the Diamond 'Dogs used early and late scoring chances to pull out a victory over the visiting San Jose State Spartans. After scoring three runs early, the Bulldogs trailed 4-3 in the ninth before Chase Moore hit a double off of the wall in right to score two runs and give Fresno State a 5-4 victory.
Scoring early again, the Bulldogs put together three runs in the early innings. Kent Sakamoto doubled off the base of the wall in the beginning of the first inning, and scored as Chase Moore singled to get the first of his three RBIs on the day. San Jose State answered back scoring an unearned run in the second, but the Bulldogs answered back in the bottom half of the frame when the team loaded the bases for Christian Vitters, who came through with a two-run double to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
San Jose State kept picking at the Bulldog lead. The Spartans scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to tie the game at three runs apiece. More trouble appeared to brewing for Fresno State in the seventh after Anthony Contreras singled to begin the inning, and was balked over to second. The Bulldogs, who'd had problems with fielding to that point, got out of the inning after Todd Sandell dove to his right to catch a liner to keep the game tied.
Their luck didn't continue to hold, and the Spartans finally gained the lead after an error and a wild pitch gave San Jose State their third unearned run of the game. Eddie Romero cam in to get the Bulldogs out of the eighth, and retired the side in order in the ninth to become the pitcher of record.
With the top of the order up to bat, the Bulldogs staged their second rally. Christian Vitters started the inning with a single up the middle, and was pushed to second after a sacrifice bunt from Kent Sakamoto. A deep fly from Nick Moresi moved Vitters to third, and an infield single by Beau Mills kept Fresno State in the game.
Down to their last out, Chase Moore faced off against San Jose State starter Branden Dewing, who would throw 136 pitches in the loss. Moore hit a ball to deep right field, but Nate Corrick couldn't hold on to the ball as the two crashed into the wall, and both Vitters and Mills came around to give Fresno State the win.
The two teams face off for the final time this season tomorrow, when Fresno State's Michael Cooper takes the mound against San Jose State's Shane Brechmann.
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