May 10, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team increased its lead in the WAC to two games after sweeping a doubleheader with San Jose State on Saturday at Beiden Field. The Bulldogs rallied to win game 1, 9-8 and won game 2, 5-3.
Fresno State is 31-24 overall and 19-8 in WAC play while San Jose State dropped to 26-23 overall and 12-14 in conference.
The Bulldogs hold the two-game lead over Nevada thanks to Sacramento State splitting a doubleheader in Reno on Saturday.
Fresno State combined for 20 hits in the two games. Alan Ahmady blistered the bats by going 6 for 7 with two homeruns and seven RBIs. Steve Susdorf had three hits while Erik Wetzel, Steve Detwiler, Tommy Mendonca and Gavin Hedstrom all had two.
Mendonca had two homeruns on the day while Detwiler had one.
Sean Bonesteele picked up the win in the first game while Holden Sprague earned the win in game 2. Sprague pitched five and 1/3 innings, scattering eight hits and striking out two. Bonesteele pitched one and one and 1/3 inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Trailing 7-5, Fresno State scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for good at 9-7.
Hedstrom led off the inning with a single to center field and then with one out Susdorf singled down the right field line advancing Hedstrom to third base. Ahmady then stepped to the plate and smacked a three-run homerun over the left-field fence to give the Dogs an 8-7 lead. Detwiler then followed with a solo homerun down the left field line to up the lead to 9-7.
"When you come back three times in one game you are locked in," Fresno State coach Mike Batesole said.
The two teams were tied at four after three innings. The Spartans scored three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-4 lead. In the bottom half of the inning Ahmady hit the first of his two homeruns on a blast to right field to cut the Bulldog deficit to 7-5.
Fresno State scored its nine runs off 13 hits. Ahmady was a perfect 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs while Susdorf, Hedstrom and Detwiler each had two hits.
Bonesteele earned his second win of the season and Brandon Burke picked up his fifth save of the year.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Muno led off the inning with a single to center and then with one out Wetzel singled down the right side, plating Muno. Susdorf followed with a double to right field and Ahmady then singled to left and advanced to second on an error by the San Jose State left fielder. Susdorf and Wetzel scored on the play.
San Jose State scored a run in the second but the Bulldogs came back with two in the bottom of the fourth. Ahmady reached on an infield single and Mendonca followed with his second homerun of the day to give the Dogs the 5-1 lead.
In the fifth inning San Jose State had the bases loaded with no outs but they were unable to produce a run thanks to the arm of Detwiler in right field. With no outs and the bases juiced, San Jose State's Danny Stienstra and Sonny Garza flew out to right field and Detwiler then proceeded to throw bullets to Ryan Overland at the plate to prevent a run on both fly balls.
San Jose State scored two runs in the sixth inning to cut the Bulldog lead to 5-3. Jason Breckley then came on and earned the save by pitching the final three and 2/3 innings where he struck out one and allowed four hits.
"Join the State - Fresno State" The Fresno State baseball team plays its final home game on Sunday at 1 p.m. against San Jose State. Sunday is Senior Day for Clayton Allison, Steve Susdorf, Ryan Overland, Brandon Burke, Jake Hower, Jason Breckley, Blake Amador and Kris Tomlinson.
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