May 22, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Facing a 6-1 deficit in the fourth, the Bulldogs put together two consecutive high-scoring innings to get their fifth straight win in a sweep of Louisiana Tech 10-8. Brian Lapin was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and a home run, and Nick Moresi hit a three run homer to give the Bulldogs a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Senior Chad Edwards got the save on Senior Day to wrap up the final home game of the year for Fresno State.
Brian Lapin started off the first rally of the game, leading off the second inning with a double to left field. Ryan Overland pushed him over to third with a ground out, and after Todd Sandell walked, Christian Vitters singled to score Lapin and give Fresno State a 1-0 lead.
Louisiana Tech came back against Fresno State starter Eddie Romero in the third inning however. A leadoff walk and four straight singles gave Louisiana Tech a 3-1 lead, and they added another off of a fielder's choice from reliever Ryan Penn. The Bulldogs added two more runs in the top of the fourth, as Brady Bascle and Brandon Haygood both singled, and Gil Laird was plunked to load the bases with none out. Penn retired thtree straight batters, but not before Bascle and Haygood had both scored.
Lapin was again the catalyst for a big Bulldog inning. Lapin led off the fourth with a triple to left field, and after Overland walked, Todd Sandell singled to score Lapin. Vitters popped to short in the team's next at bat, but Sakamoto was hit to load the bases, and Beau Mills came through, hitting a double on a suicide hit and run on a full count to score three more runs. Mills then scored on an RBI double from Chase Moore to tie the game at 6 apiece.
Again starting the inning, Lapin homered to left to give back the lead to Fresno State in the fifth. Louisiana Tech reliever Andrew Lassere walked two batters, and Nick Moresi made him pay as he hit his 10th home run of the year to give the 'Dogs a 10-6 lead.
Louisiana Tech put two more runs across in the late innings against Brandon Miller, but Miller pitcher three good innings, just allowing one earned run off of three hits, setting the stage for a senior, Chad Edwards.
Edwards, who had closed for a period before an extended time off becuase of injury, had previously been honored as one of three seniors leaving the program, and was given the chance to finish the game. He struck out the first batter before giving up a walk and a single. Edwards settled down after that, and got a fielder's choice to retire the lead runner, and struck out pinch-hitter Albie Goulder to get the save.
Fresno State remains two games back of Rice with three conference games to play. The Bulldogs take on Nevada in Reno while the Owls host San Jose State in Houston next weekend. All four other teams in the WAC have been eliminated from any shot at the conference title. Fresno State's win today also continues their streak of 29 straight years without a losing season.
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