May 14, 2009
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two out rallies were the trend as the Fresno State baseball team beat Sacramento State, 15-7, Thursday afternoon and head coach Mike Batesole earned his 500th career win.
The Bulldog bats unleashed a six run rally with two outs in the second inning. Fresno State added another two runs with two outs in the third inning.
The 'Dogs are 9-12 in conference play and have an overall mark of 25-27.
Fresno State turned three double plays against the Hornets and has 47 double plays on the season.
"It was a big win that we needed and hopefully it keeps us going," said right-handed pitcher Matt Morse. "We want to go out and get the next two or three games and hopefully this will get us hot. It makes my job a lot easier knowing that they can pick me up and turn double plays like they did today."
In the second inning, Senior Gavin Hedstrom reached base on a fielding error. Catcher Jake Johnson walked advancing Hedstrom to second base. Shortstop Isacc Vivas reached on a throwing error advancing the runners. Sophomore Danny Muno doubled to left field allowing Hedstrom and Johnson to score giving the Bulldogs the lead, 2-0.
Robinson flew out in left center field as Vivas scored increasing the `Dogs lead, 3-0.
Third baseman Tom Mendonca walked to continue the second inning rally. Ahmady hit a home run over the left field wall scoring three runs for the Bulldogs extending their lead, 6-0. Ahmady has eight home runs in 2009.
In the third inning, the Bulldogs scored two more runs. Robinson hit a solo home run to right field as the `Dogs continue to lead, 7-0. Robinson has 11 home runs this season.
Mendonca walked. Ahmady reached on a fielding error and Mendonca scored on a throwing error the Bulldogs lead, 8-0.
Sacramento State scored a run in the bottom of the third inning, but Fresno State led, 8-1.
Hedstrom walked in the fourth inning. Johnson hit a two-run home run to left center field leading, 10-1. Johnson has hit six out of the park this year.
Junior Matt Morse got the starting nod on the mound. He earned his third win of the year improving to 3-2 this season.
In the fourth inning, the Hornets added another run trailing, 10-2.
Robinson singled to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning. Mendonca grounded out to second base moving Robinson to second base. Ahmady walked. Gowens singled to right field allowing Ahmady to advance to third base and Robinson to cross home plate extending the `Dogs lead, 11-2.
Detwiler flew out in left field bringing in Ahmady and Fresno State leads, 12-2. The Hornets scored four runs in the fifth inning trailing the Bulldogs, 12-6.
In the sixth inning, Johnson reached base after getting hit in the back by a pitch. Vivas grounded out to the pitcher advancing Johnson to second base. Muno grounded out to second base moving Johnson to third base. Robinson walked. Johnson scored on a passed ball the Bulldogs lead, 13-6.
Hedstrom made a spectacular diving catch in left center field to prevent the Hornets from advancing a base runner.
Sacramento State scored one run in the sixth inning trailing Fresno State, 13-7. Left-hander Tom Harlan came out of the bullpen to close in the eighth inning.
Mendonca led off the ninth inning with a walk. Ahmady followed with a walk moving Mendonca to second base. Gowens grounded out to first base advancing the base runners. Wise tripled down the right field line bringing home the runners as the bulldogs beat the Hornets, 15-7.
"It was a huge game for us. We kept the momentum going through the whole game," said Ahmady. "We came out swinging the bats, which is just what we needed. The three double plays that we turned were big. Matt (Morse) did his job and so did the defense. It was great baseball."
Fresno State continues the series against Sacramento State Friday, May 15 at 3 pm. Click here to follow live stats of tomorrow's game.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs close out the regular season with a trip north to battle Sacramento State Friday through Sunday. The `Dogs and Hornets play Thursday at 3, Friday at 3 pm and wrap up with a doubleheader Saturday starting at 12 pm.
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