June 2, 2012
Thomas Harlan is making his 16th start of the season and 29th of his career.
Top of the First
Three-straight two-out hits from the Bulldogs in the first allowed two runs to score. Aaron Judge started it with a double and then scored on Trent Garrison's single up the middle. Garrison, after advancing second on a wild pitch, scored on a single for Kenneth Wise.
Wise's single gave him a hit in 11 of his last 13 games.
Bottom of the First
Michigan State answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a two-run double of the right-field wall from designated hitter Blaise Salter.
Bottom of the Fourth
After a 24-pitch first inning where he allowed two hits, Harlen settled in and allowed just one hit on 33 pitches over the next three innings. The score remained tied at two after four.
Top of the Fifth
After the three-hit first inning, the Bulldogs only got one more hit off of Andrew Waszak over the next four innings.
Bottom of the Fifth
Thomas Harlan was pulled in the fifth inning in favor of Gene Escat. Harlan's line: 4.1 IP; 4 H; 2 R; 2 BB, 2 K's.
Top of the Sixth
Patrick Hutcheson led off the inning with a single up the middle. It was the first time the Bulldogs got a hit to lead off an inning.
Trent Garrison got another two-out RBI in the sixth, with a double to left-center that scored Hutcheson and gave the 'Dogs a 3-2 lead.
The RBI double was Garrison's second of the NCAA Tournament.
Top of the Seventh
Austin Wynns led off the seventh with a double to left field, which was his first hit of the NCAA Tournament (came on his seventh at-bat).
Jordan Brink drove home Wynns with yet another Bulldog two-out RBI, lifting Fresno State's lead up to 4-2. It ended a 0-for-11 drought at the plate.
Bottom of the Seventh
Gene Escat was pulled with two outs and runners on first and second in the seventh in favor of Taylor Garrison. Escat's final line: 2.1 IP; 3 H; 0 R; 0 BB; 1 K.
Taylor Garrison got Ryan Jones to ground out to first base to end the inning and keep the Bulldogs' lead at 4-2.
Top of the Eighth
Jake Alvarez led off the inning with a single to center for his second hit of the game. It was his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
Trent Garrison recorded his third hit and third RBI of the game with a single that scored Alvarez. For Alvarez, he now has scored a run in 14 of the last 18 games.
Michigan State got a triple play in the eighth on a diving catch by Anthony Cheky when the Bulldogs had the base runners moving. It was 8-3-6-3 triple play.
Eight of Fresno State's 15 hits in the game came when there were two outs and seven of its eight runs were scored with two outs. The 15 hits are the most since the 'Dogs posted 20 against New Mexico State on May 24 in the WAC Tournament.
Senior Gene Escat, the last remaining player on the roster from the 2008 national championship team, picked up his first career NCAA Tournament victory throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Senior Taylor Garrison recorded a seven-out save for his 11th save of the season. Fresno State has now won nine-straight games when coming off a loss dating back to mid-April.
Fresno State improves its postseason record to 16-3 in elimination games since 2008 (counting WAC and NCAA Tournament games).
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