Poytress Goes the Distance in `Dogs Win
Josh Poytress threw his first career complete game shutout Friday night.
Josh Poytress threw his first career complete game shutout Friday night.

May 14, 2010

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FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team improved their winning streak to five games after beating San Jose State 10-0 in seven innings Friday night. The Bulldogs are 31-20 this season and 12-5 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The `Dogs out hit the Spartans 12 to four. Catcher Trent Garrison and junior Garrett Weber were perfect at the plate going 2-for-2 and 4-for-4, respectively. The duo produced eight of nine RBIs.

"We took some good at-bats today," said head coach Mike Batesole. "I thought we did a good job with two strikes and at least three opposite field doubles. When we're working the opposite side of the field and working two strikes, we're tough."

The Bulldogs took command of the game in the second inning scoring three runs off a base clearing double down the left field line from Garrison.

In the third inning, the `Dogs increased their lead with three runs. Fresno State led off the inning with back-to-back doubles that drove in the first run. Garrison hit a sacrifice fly driving in his fourth run of the night. Isacc Vivas concluded the rally with an RBI double giving the Bulldogs the advantage, 6-0.

The `Dogs continued to dominate at the plate scoring two more runs in the fourth inning. Weber singled through the left side recording his first RBI of the game. Designated hitter Bobby Coyle scored on a wild pitch putting Fresno State up 8-0.

The fourth inning rally continued as Garrison singled through the right side allowing Weber to score and the `Dogs lead, 9-0. By the fourth inning, Garrison recorded a career-high five RBIs.

Starting pitcher Josh Poytress was solid on the mound and defensively for the Bulldogs. The lefty sat down seven batters in order and made three great plays after the ball was hit back to him. One of the plays included an unconventional 1-6-3 double play.

"Josh (Poytress) was outstanding and had good movement within the zone and out of the zone," said Batesole. "When you can move the ball around like that and throw three balls for a strike, you give yourself a great chance."

Poytress threw his first career complete game shutout and limited the Spartans to four hits. The sophomore struck out four batters en route to his sixth win of the season. Poytress' outing improved his ERA to 4.91.

"We played outstanding defense behind Josh," said Batesole. "And if we continue to do that we will continue to win."

Weber added to the Bulldogs lead in the fifth inning with an RBI single to left field. Fresno State put the mercy rule into effect with the run and took a 10-0 lead into the sixth inning.

Fresno State won the first game of the series over San Jose State 10-0.

"We Are Your Team" The Bulldogs continue the series against San Jose State May 15 with a doubleheader at 2:05 p.m. For tickets, visit the Bulldogs Ticket Office or call 559-278-DOGS.



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