May 12, 2005
Honolulu, Hawai'i - A late-season matchup between two of the best strikeout pitchers in the league lived up to its billing, as Fresno State's Matt Garza and the Rainbows' Stephen Bryant engaged in a pitcher's duel, which ended in a late loss for the Bulldogs 4-1. Matt Garza had 10 strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched, but took the loss after giving up a late home run to Esteban Lopez in the seventh. The Bulldog hitters couldn't solve Hawai'i starter Stephen Bryant, who got the complete game win, allowing one run on seven hits and striking out 11 batters.
Early control from the pitcher's marked the first game of the series. The game started out with five straight strikeouts, and would continue from there. The Rainbows got the first run of the game when Nate Thurber singled to start the inning, and while Garza picked up two walks, he also walked two batters and hit another to bring a run home, giving the Rainbows a 1-0 lead.
Fresno State scored in the fifth inning as the Bulldogs finally found some contact hitting, putting together three straight singles to put a run on the board. Chase Moore started the action, beating a single to short, and Steve Susdorf and Ryan Overland followed to give the Bulldogs a run.
Both pitchers continued to cruise until the seventh inning. Garza got the first batter of the inning to ground out, but gave up a mistake to Esteban Lopez, who broke the 1-1 tie with a homer to right center. Hawai'i added another run in the inning when Derek Dupree singled, was pushed over with a groundout, and scored on an RBI single from Eric Ammon. The Rainbows added another run in the eighth to lead to the final 4-1 score.
The Bulldogs will try again tomorrow as Doug Fister takes the mound against the Rainbows' Justin Costi. Game time is at 9:35 p.m. Pacific.
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