`Dogs Beat No. 4 San Diego, 6-2
June 2, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - With the Fresno State baseball team on a four game winning streak the Bulldogs (37-27) would take the first game of the NCAA regional by a 6-2 score against the San Diego (43-17) Toreros before a sold out crowd of 3,000 plus at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The winner from game one Cal State-Fullerton will face Fresno State in an 8 p.m. contest and the loser of the first game Minnesota will face San Diego tomorrow at 4 p.m.
This is the second straight year Fresno State has faced San Diego in the regional round and will be the second time facing Cal State Fullerton. Last year the Bulldogs faced the Toreros twice taking both games 9-8.
Both lefty aces stepped on the mound with Justin Wilson throwing five and two-thirds innings allowing just two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Josh Romanski went one more inning throwing six and two-thirds allowing two runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts.
The Bulldogs would make San Diego pay for a costly mistake made in the top of the third inning with Erik Wetzel reaching on an error. He later scored motoring all the way home from first base on a Brian Lapin double down the left field line to get the Bulldogs on the board at 1-0.
To start the top of the fourth inning off Tommy Mendonca knocked a double back to the center field wall and soon advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt by Danny Grubb. Mendonca scored the second run of the game when Wetzel lined a rocket to left field at 2-0.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Justin Wilson and the `Dogs found themselves in a little bit of trouble with the bases loaded and one out. Only two runs scored after a double to right center from Kevin Hansen tying the game at two a piece. To get out of the inning Fresno State originated a two out double play on a fly out to right field and a throw out from Loren Storey at home plate after Hansen tried to score from third.
With the first pitch in the top of the eighth inning Mendonca hit a majestic home run clearing the 410 foot wall to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead. That would not be the only run scored with the bases loaded Steve Susdorf brought in two more with a single up the middle at 5-2.
The last run for the Bulldogs came in on a single to center field scoring Ahmady from second ending the top of the ninth.
On the night Susdorf went 3-for-5 with one double, two singles and two RBI. Mendonca went 2-for-4 with one double, one home run, one walk and one RBI.