May 14, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State has continued to dominate the New Mexico State Aggies on the baseball diamond.
After Saturday night's 17-2 win, a game that was halted in the seventh inning because of the WAC's 10-run rule, the Dogs stretched their winning streak over the Aggies to seven games dating back to last season. In the first three games of this four-game series, Fresno State has outscored NM State 49-13.
Fresno State pounded out 17 hits, exploded for nine runs in the fifth inning, and capitalized on five Aggie errors.
The Dogs got excellent pitching from starter Josh Poytress and played solid defense behind him with no errors.
Fresno State jumped to an early lead as career walk leader Danny Muno led off the bottom of the bottom of the first inning with a walk. Junior Brennan Gowens moved Muno into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and reached base on an error by the Aggie pitcher Dan Reid. Robinson launched a home run, his 12th of the season, over the left field fence giving the Dogs the lead 3-0. Robinson leads the team and the conference in homers.
In the top of the third inning, New Mexico State hit a solo home run to left field and the Dogs continued to lead 3-1. Poytress has given up only three home runs this season.
Robinson answered with his second home run of the game and has 13 homers on the season. His career total jumped to 44 and he passed Guiseppe Chiaramonte (1995-97) who had 43 in his brilliant career. Only Tom Mendonca, who had 56, has more career homers as a Bulldog than Robinson. Robinson finished the night with six RBIs and three hits.
Designated hitter Kenny Wise went yard to right field with his sixth home run of the season. The Dogs led 6-1 after three innings.
Fresno State's nine runs in the fifth inning came on seven hits and three Aggie errors. The Dogs scored seven runs before NMSU could get an out. Robinson drove in two runs with a single, while Jordan Ribera had a double.
Poytress helped the Dogs turn their 51st double play of the year. He grabbed a line drive and threw the runner out at first base for a pair of outs. He threw six innings and allowed just one run on six hits. He had two strikeouts and walked just one Aggie. His ERA fell from 2.88 to 2.74 and he improved his record on the season to 6-1. Will Anderson closed out the game and pitched the final inning.
Fresno State improved to 35-11 on the season, 15-7 in the WAC and concludes the series with New Mexico State Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Tickets for the game are available.
"We Are Your Team!" Join the Bulldogs on Sunday, May 15, for Senior Day as five Bulldog seniors will be honored at Beiden Field prior to the series finale with New Mexico State. It's "Red Out" Day at Beiden Field and fans are encouraged to wear red. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
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