May 20, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Top Fresno State prospect Matt Garza made his final start at Beiden Field on Friday Night, and turned in what has been a trademark performance. The WAC leader in strikouts, Garza pitched eight innings and struck out nine to pick up his sixth win of the season in the Bulldogs' 12-1 win over Louisiana Tech. Garza allowed one run off of nine scattered hits. Offensively, the 'Dogs rallied behind homers from Kent Sakamoto and Beau Mills to pick up the easy win.
One hit in the first inning, before striking out the side in the second, a double play and his fifth strikeout by the third inning was how Matt Garza started off against Louisiana Tech's batters. Garza, in what is likely his last start at Beiden Field continued his run as a great strikout pitcher, and got all of the offense he would need in those three innings.
The Bulldogs started out by creating runs early. After Christian Vitters was retired, Kent Sakamoto was walked, and moved to third after a wild throw on a successful stolen base attempt. Nick Moresi created the Bulldogs first RBI with a single up the middle, and scored himself after a Chase Moore double. Steve Susdorf singled to move Moore to third base, who scored on an ground ball error from Gary Holik to give Fresno State a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
The next two innings didn't prove any kinder for Louisiana Tech starter Clayton Meyer, who gave up a home run to Kent Sakamoto in the second, as well as RBI singles to Brian Lapin and Todd Sandell in the third inning to give Fresno State a 6-0 lead. The Bulldogs also added another run off of Alan Knotts in the sixth to stretch the lead to 7-0.
Louisiana Tech finally got to Garza in the eighth inning. The junior was well over 100 pitches, and gave up a double to Brandon Haygood, who was pushed around the other two bases before the Bulldogs could get the other outs to preserve the shutout.
The team exacted some revenge of their own in the eighth however. A leadoff double by DeAndre Miller and a walk from David Gomez left two runners on for Beau Mills, who had been intentionally walked in his previous at-bat. Without a free base, Louisiana Tech reliever Aaron Lorio was forced to pitch to Mills, and the freshman lifted a huge home run to right to add three runs to the total. The Bulldogs scored two more runs in that inning to lead to the final total of 12-1.
Senior Gil Infante came in for Garza to pitch the ninth inning, and made quick work of the remaining batters to seal up for the win for the Bulldogs. After Rice's loss to Hawai'i in Houston, that leaves the Bulldogs 2.0 games behind the Owls with 5 games to play.
The Bulldogs take on Louisiana Tech in game two tomorrow evening. Fresno State's Doug Fister takes the hill to match up against Louisiana Tech's Matt Lacy. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 at Beiden Field.
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