May 9, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. The Fresno State baseball team scored early and often as they started the final homestand of the season with an 11-3 victory over San Jose State on Friday evening at Beiden Field in front of a crowd of 1800.
Fresno State improves to 29-24 on the season and 17-8 in league play. The Bulldogs maintain first place in the Western Athletic Conference with a one-game lead over the Nevada Wolf Pack.
Junior starting pitcher Justin Wilson went the distance for the Bulldogs for his first career complete game. Wilson allowed three runs on ten hits while striking out six Spartans to up his season record to 5-4.
"We continue to get solid pitching," Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said. "To get a complete game on a Friday night is big. That sets up our pitching for the rest of the weekend."
Fresno State pounded 14 hits led by three hits from Erik Wetzel, Steve Susdorf and Alan Ahmady. Danny Muno also had two hits for the Bulldogs in the Friday night victory. Wetzel and Susdorf each had three RBIs. Wetzel and Jordan Ribera each blasted home runs in the contest.
In the bottom of the first inning, the `Dogs earned a quick 4-0 advantage with a lead off double by Muno, followed by a single to left field off the bat of Gavin Hedstrom. With runners at the corners, Wetzel scored Muno with a single to right.
Susdorf then doubled for the 60th time in his career to score Hedstrom from second. The final two runs of the frame were scored via an Ahmady single to left field.
The `Dogs extended their lead to 7-0 after the fourth inning. Fresno State scored a run in the third thanks to a two-out double by Tommy Mendonca that scored Ahmady. Then in the fourth inning Wetzel hit a two-run blast over the left field fence.
"We had good at-bats all the way through," Batesole added. "I thought we were patient and disciplined all night."
The Spartans cut their deficit to 7-2 in the fifth, but the `Dogs offense stayed hot with three more runs in the fifth and another in the eighth on their way to the 11-3 win.
"Join the State - Fresno State" The `Dogs and Spartans will face off in a Saturday doubleheader with the first game starting at 2 p.m. at Beiden Field. The twin bill can be heard live on 580 KMJ.
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