Baseball Wins Seventh Straight WAC Title
    Fresno State won the WAC Baseball Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
    Fresno State won the WAC Baseball Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

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    May 27, 2012

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    MESA, Ariz. --- Fresno State defeated Sacramento State 4-3 in 13 innings to claim the 2012 WAC Baseball Tournament championship on Sunday at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.

    "It was great win for our seniors - that's four in four years for them," Fresno State baseball coach Mike Batesole said. "Three in three years for our juniors, two in two years for our sophomores and our freshmen grew up quick and got their first one. That makes us really proud. Four rings in four years, that's fantastic for our kids."

    But not only have the Bulldogs won either the regular season or tournament title the past four years - the streak extends back seven years to 2006.

    To get there, Fresno State and Sacramento State were locked in what turned out to be the longest WAC Tournament game in the conference's history at the 13 innings and the gritty effort from both teams became an intense marathon that ended on the walk-off winner off the bat of a freshman Jordan Luplow.

    The game winner was lifted into right field, scoring Daniel Moultrie from second base in the bottom of the 13th inning to start a joyous celebration of red on the field.

    "That was a tough one," Batesole added. "Sac State has the best team they have had in a long time. They played their tails off and what an offense they have. That was about as tough a game as we have had all year."

    The win propels the Bulldogs into the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. Fresno State will find out its destination for NCAA Regional play on Monday morning at 9 a.m. PT in a one-hour program shown live on ESPNU.

    Brent Hottman, Sacramento State
    Austin Wynns, Fresno State
    Alex Williams, Louisiana Tech
    Derrick Chung, Sacramento State
    Tanner Rust, New Mexico State
    Trent Garrison, Fresno State
    David Del Grande, Sacramento State
    Aaron Judge, Fresno State
    Jordan Luplow, Fresno State
    Dallas Chadwick, Sacramento State
    Thomas Harlan, Fresno State
    MVP: Jordan Luplow, Fresno State

    • Fresno State now owns a 27-4 record in the WAC Tournament games since 2006.
    • Fresno State is 85-31 during the month of May since 2006.
    • Fresno State is 12-4 in May games this season, which is the program's best record for the crucial month since the 'Dogs went 10-3 in 2007 and 13-0 in 2006.
    • Under head coach Mike Batesole, the Bulldogs are 41-14 in postseason play, including both the WAC and NCAA Tournaments combined.

    2012 WAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT (Mesa, Ariz.)
    Wednesday, May 23
    GAME 1: No. 5 Fresno State 8, No. 4 Hawai'i 2
    GAME 2: No. 3 Nevada 4, No. 6 Louisiana Tech 3

    Thursday, May 24
    GAME 3: No. 6 Louisiana Tech 9, No. 4 Hawai'i 6 (Hawai'i Eliminated)
    GAME 4: No. 2 Sacramento State 15, No. 3 Nevada 5 (8)
    GAME 5: No. 5 Fresno State 15, No. 1 New Mexico State 8

    Friday, May 25
    GAME 6: No. 6 Louisiana Tech 15, No. 1 New Mexico State 12 (NMSU Eliminated)
    GAME 7: No. 6 Louisiana Tech 18, No. 3 Nevada 5 (Nevada Eliminated)
    GAME 8: No. 2 Sacramento State 8, No. 5 Fresno State 3

    Saturday, May 26
    GAME 9: No. 5 Fresno State 6, No. 6 Louisiana Tech 4 (LA Tech Eliminated)
    GAME 10: No. 5 Fresno State 9, No. 2 Sacramento State 6

    Sunday, May 27 (If Necessary)
    GAME 11: No. 5 Fresno State 4, No. 2 Sacramento State 3 (Sacramento State Eliminated)
    (Fresno State Receives Automatic Bid to NCAA Tournament)

    Baton Rouge, La. -- LSU
    Chapel Hill, N.C. -- North Carolina
    Charlottesville, Va. -- Virginia
    College Station, Texas -- Texas A&M
    Columbia, S.C. -- South Carolina
    Coral Gables, Fla. -- Miami (Fla.)
    Eugene, Ore. -- Oregon
    Gainesville, Fla. - Florida
    Gary, Ind. -- Purdue
    Houston, Texas -- Rice
    Los Angeles, Calif. -- UCLA
    Palo Alto, Calif. -- Stanford
    Raleigh, N.C. -- North Carolina State
    Tallahassee, Fla. -- Florida State
    Tucson, Ariz. -- Arizona
    Waco, Texas -- Baylor

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