May 21, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - One night after scoring 12 runs against Louisiana Tech pitching, Fresno State brought out the bats again, hitting a school-record tying six home runs as a team, including two home runs from Beau Mills and three run shots from Nick Moresi and Todd Sandell. A seven run sixth paced the way to the 13-9 victory, which Rudy Quinonez closed out for the Bulldogs with a scoreless ninth.
Louisiana Tech got on the board right away. Spencer Haygood singled, and Tech used an error, a deep fly and a groundout to get Haygood across to start off the game on top 1-0.
The Bulldogs matched the tone for an offensive battle right from the start. Christian Vitters hit the first leadoff homer for the Bulldogs this season to give Fresno State a quick 1-1 tie. The 'Dogs would add two more runs as Kent Sakamoto singled, and Beau Mills hit his second homer in as many days to make the score 3-1.
Another run would follow in the second off of an error, and a second at bat for Beau Mills led to the same result as Mills hit his 21st home run of the season, this one a solo shot to left to give the Bulldogs a 5-1 lead.
Lousiana Tech answered back though in the middle innings. Ryan Hamilton started off the fourth inning with a double, and scored after an error and a sac fly from Mims Boyce. They then tied the game in the sixth inning, as Ben Tabor led off the inning by reaching on an error. A single from Hamilton and a double by Gil Laird scored another run, and the pair of runners would score off of a groundout and a RBI single by Albie Goulder.
Fresno State immediately answered back with a big inning in the bottom half of the sixth. Pinch hitter Ozzie Lewis started off the inning with a single, and Brian Lapin followed with a single, one of his 3 hits on the day. After Ryan Overland struck out, fellow freshman Todd Sandell hit a three-run home run to left, the first of his career. Vitters singled, Sakamoto was hit by a pitch, and Nick Moresi matched Sandell with a three run shot to left. Chase Moore would also hit a solo shot to give the Bulldogs a 12-5 lead, which they would extend to 13-5 in the seventh.
Louisiana Tech took advantage of most of the opportunities offered to them in the eighth inning. Mims Boyce was hit to start the inning, but was retired off of a fielders choice. Joseph McCarthy singled to give the Bulldogs two baserunners. Reliever Brandon Burke looked to get out of the inning after striking out Gary Holik, but a walk to Haygood loaded the bases, and Louisiana Tech played station to station baseball for four batters before the team finally got Boyce, the first batter of the inning, to fly out to right field.
Taking no further chances, head coach Mike Batesole brought in closer Rudy Quinonez, who recorded three hitless outs to give Fresno State the win, keeping them two games behind Rice for the league title after the Owls win today.
The Diamond 'Dogs and Louisiana Tech have one more game in the series, as the teams play in a matinee Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs look to seal their 29th season in a row without a losing season tomorrow on Senior Day, where the team will honor three seniors, Gil Infante, Chad Edwards and David Gomez.
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