Dogs Win, Gonzalez Improves to 10-0
May 19, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - In 2010, he became the eighth Bulldog to throw a no-hitter. This year, Greg Gonzalez continues to prove that he is one of the best Bulldog pitchers in recent years. The senior right-hander guided the Dogs to a 7-1 victory over Nevada in their WAC finale finishing 2011 with a 17-7 conference record.
Gonzalez earned win No. 10 improving to 10-0 on the mound and has won 12-straight decisions dating back to 2010, the third best current NCAA win streak. In 20 decisions, he has the best career winning percentage in Bulldog history at 18-2. Gonzalez is one of four Bulldog pitchers to finish the regular season undefeated and with double-digit victories, the last being John Salles in 1988 and he finished the regular season 14-0.
The Bulldogs struck first with three runs on two hits and a Nevada error in the first inning. First baseman Jordan Ribera drove in the first run of the game. In the past 13 games, Ribera has recorded 22 RBIs, which is the most on the team in that span. The senior is hitting .392 in the past three series with four home runs and three doubles.
For the third time this season, Gonzalez fanned 12 batters in a single game, which is a career best. He has 118 strikeouts on the season. He leads the WAC in batters struck out and coming into his 14th start of 2011 he was sixth in the nation in strikeouts.
Nevada scored a run in the fourth inning. A leadoff double came around to score on a sacrifice fly as the Wolf Pack trailed the Dogs 3-1. It was the only run given up by Gonzalez in eight innings pitched. His ERA dropped from 1.47 to 1.44 after seven scoreless innings.
Gonzalez faced the Wolf Pack twice this season and struck out a total of 19 batters in two starts. He allowed three runs in 14.1 innings and gave up 10 hits in his two appearances against the Pack. He also earned two of his 10 wins against Nevada.
Junior Dusty Robinson answered in the fifth inning after driving in Brennan Gowens with a single up the middle. The Dogs added an insurance run as Robinson came around to score on a wild pitch and the Bulldogs took a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning. Robinson finished the night 3-for-4 at the plate recording a third of the Dogs nine hits.
In the seventh inning, shortstop Garrett Weber drove in a run with a sacrifice fly extending the Dogs lead 6-1.
Senior Danny Muno drove in the Dogs seventh run of the night with a double down the left field line. The third baseman has played in 246 games in his four year career at Fresno State and will tie the career record for games played on Friday against CSU Bakersfield.
The Bulldogs are tied with Hawai'i in the race for the WAC title and need the Rainbows to lose one of their remaining two games to share the conference title.
Fresno State concludes the 2011 home schedule against CSU Bakersfield on Friday, May 20 at 6:05 p.m.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs finish the 2011 home schedule against CSU Bakersfield on May 19 at 6:05 p.m. The Dogs head south to continue the series with the Roadrunners in Bakersfield May 21-22. For more information about Bulldog baseball log on to gobulldogs.com.