Bulldogs Advance To Final Round After Defeating Minnesota, 11-6
June 3, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - In the fifth game of the NCAA San Diego Regional the Fresno State (38-28) Bulldogs took care of business defeating No. 3 Minnesota (41-18) by an 11-6 score at Tony Gwynn Stadium in front of 1,085 fans Sunday night.
This is the fifth time Fresno State has faced Minnesota. The Bulldogs played the Gophers in 2003 taking two out of three games by 7-4, 4-2 and 1-14 scores.
Fresno State will now face Cal State-Fullerton in final round at 8 p.m. tonight. The Bulldogs will need to win two games in order to advance on to the Super Regionals. If necessary, Fresno State will play the final game against Cal State-Fullerton tomorrow in an 8 p.m. contest at Tony Gwynn Stadium on ESPNU.
Earning the start on the mound Tanner Scheppers(7-5, 4.65) threw three innings allowing just four hits. He left the game due to injury. Holden Sprague replaced Scheppers on the mound and completed the game throwing six innings allowing five runs on nine hits. He also had four strikeouts.
Not even two-thirds into the first inning the Bulldogs held a 3-0 lead against the Golden Gophers. To highlight the inning two runs came home on a Brian Lapin home run to right field and another on an Alan Ahmady double. The last two runs of the inning scored on a Danny Grubb single to right center at 6-0.
Fresno State scored the most runs in the first inning and tied the most the Bulldogs have scored in an inning this season.
The Bulldogs put four more runs up on the board in the top of the fourth inning. The first run came in with Wetzel on third and a single from Loren Storey. The second run came in on a sacrifice fly from Ozzie Lewis and Ryan Overland added three more runs to the board with the bases loaded on a single to left field at 10-0.
Minnesota jumped on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring three runs on a three run homer by Bryan Jost at 10-3. One more run advanced home when Dan Lyons singled to center field scoring Sean Kommerstad.
The Bulldogs took a seven run lead at 11-4 in the top of the sixth inning when Ryan Overaland singled advancing Mendonca from second base to home.
The final two runs for Minnesota came in on a single through the left side by Derek McCallum and a sacrifice fly Bryan Jost at 11-6.
Mendonca went 2-for-4 with two doubles. Ryan Overland went 2-for-3 with two singles, one walk and four RBI.
Bulldog pitcher Tanner Scheppers, who was struck in the head by a line drive in Fresno State's NCAA Regional game vs. Minnesota on Sunday afternoon, was immediately taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital for further evaluation.
Scheppers, a sophomore from Laguna Niguel, was conscious and responsive before leaving Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, site of the NCAA Regional Tournament. Scheppers' parents, David and Ann Scheppers, accompanied him to the hospital.
Updated information on his condition will be issued through the Fresno State Media Relations Office when appropriate.