May 14, 2005
Honolulu, Hawai'i - Needing a victory to acquire sole possession of second place in the WAC, the Bulldogs put together a solid team effort to win their first road series of the year and stay within striking distance of WAC leader Rice. Fresno State got good pitching from Eddie Romero, who went 5.1 innings and allowed one run off of four hits. At the plate, the Bulldogs relied on first baseman Kent Sakamoto, who was 3-for-5 with a double, two singles, a stolen base, one RBI and a run scored.
Early runs helped the Bulldogs establish their presence in the game. Christian Vitters led off the game with a single, and two more singles from Nick Moresi and Chase Moore led to two runs for the Bulldogs right off the bat. Those runs were followed with a third run in the second inning. Todd Sandell doubled for his first extra-base hit of the season, and scored when Kent Sakamoto singled to right to give Fresno State a 3-0 lead.
The first run for Hawai'i was scored in the third inning, when Isaac Omura doubled off of Romero, and scored when a single from Nate Thurber took a big turf bounce over third baseman Beau Mills' head. That was the only run that Romero would allow in his 5.2 innings, however.
Fresno State extended their lead later in the fourth inning, taking advantage of opportunities offered to then. Kent Sakamoto started the inning with a double, and a second runner was on base when Hawai'i pitcher Ricky Bauer hit Nick Moresi. Beau Mills followed with a single, and the ball got away from Rainbows' catcher Esteban Lopez, allowing Nick Moresi to score from first. Mills was pushed to third after a ground out, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Steve Susdorf to make the score 6-1.
Hawai'i added some offense against the Fresno State bullpen in the later innings though. The Rainbows added a run in both the sixth and the seventh off of one hit because of walks and an error, but the Bulldogs held on to pick up the win after adding a run of their own in the ninth.
Now one game above .500, the Bulldogs trail first-place Rice by 2 and a half games in the WAC standings. Rice hosts the Rainbows next weekend, while the Bulldogs take on Louisiana Tech for three games at Beiden Field. Those games start next Friday at 6:30 p.m.
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