Baseball Evens Series With Hawai'i After 8-4 Win
May 13, 2005
Honolulu, Hawai'i - Fresno State took advantage of big hits from the middle of their lineup and a solid start from Doug Fister to get the victory Friday night. The Bulldogs had six extra base hits, including a double and a triple from Kent Sakamoto to pace the offense. Fister pitched 6.2 strong innings, giving up four runs, three earned, off of seven hits while striking out six.
Both teams were held scoreless until the Fresno State half of the third inning. After retiring the first batter, the Bulldogs put six runners on in succession. Christian Vitters started the rally by singling, and was followed by Kent Sakamoto who drew a walk. Nick Moresi then hit an RBI single, and was matched by Beau Mills, who hit a RBI single of his own. Chase Moore then doubled, scoring another run, and Steve Susdorf reached on an error which allowed Mills to score, giving the `Dogs a 4-0 lead.
Hawai'i responded with a big inning of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Eric Ammon singled to start the inning, and the Rainbows singled three more times to score their first run, and kept the bases loaded with no one out. Fister got Adam Roberts to pop up, but another run scored on a fielder's choice, and then the Rainbows brought the game within one after a botched pickoff scored another run.
Fresno State answered back the next inning, as Nick Moresi doubled to straight center, and scored when Beau Mills doubled to left, giving the Bulldogs a small cushion. They added to that cushion again in the sixth, when Kent Sakamoto tripled with two runners on to give the Bulldogs a 7-3 lead.
The Rainbows added another run in the seventh inning, but the Bulldogs held on behind Rudy Quinonez from the pen to get the win. Quinonez got the save, as well as his first chance at the plate, knocking in a RBI single in his first at bat in his Bulldog career.
The Bulldogs will try to move into sole possession of second place in the WAC with a win tomorrow in the final game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Pacific time.