Bulldogs Fall In Final Round To Cal State Fullerton
June 4, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - On a night the Bulldogs advanced to the final round in the NCAA San Diego Regional Fresno State (38-29) fell to perennial powerhouse Cal State-Fullerton (36-23) by a 13-2 score Sunday night in front of 1,235 fans at Tony Gwynn Stadium on ESPNU.
Fresno State fell to Fullerton last year in the final round regional in Fullerton, Calif. Fullerton is 24-3 when they can advance in the postseason.
The Bulldogs close out the season 38-29 overall with a first place finish in the WAC. Fresno State also won the WAC Tournament Championship held in Reno, Nev. The 2007 club is the first team to record back-to-back WAC Championships and Tournament Championships in Bulldog history.
San Diego native Brandon Burke (4-7, 4.65) earned the start on the mound throwing three innings allowing five runs on seven hits. Senior Brandon Miller relieved Burke throwing three innings allowing one earned run on five hits.
Cal State Fullerton scored the first run of the game on the second pitch of the evening. The Titans Clark Hardman took the first ball out of the park to right field at 1-0. The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the first inning with runners on the corner and Brian Lapin hitting into a fielder's choice scoring Erik Wetzel from third base at 1-1.
In the top of the third inning Fullerton took a four run lead at 5-1. With runners on first and third Nick Mahin singled to left field scoring Hardman. Three runs advanced home when John Curtis hit a home run to right field.
With runners on the corner in the top of the six inning Fullertons' Chris Jones hit into a double play but not before Mahin reached home plate at 6-1.
With the bases loaded in top of the sixth inning Fullerton grabbed an eight run lead at 9-1 when Mahin tripled to right center.
Fullerton scored one run of the game in top of the seventh inning with the bases loaded on a sacrifice fly at 10-1. The Titans scored two runs in the top of the eighth, one on a hit by pitch and the other on a fielder's choice. The final run for the Titans came in on a home run in the top of the ninth.
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 diagnosed with a concussion following a brief stay at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego.
He underwent extensive testing at the hospital before being released by medical personnel.
Scheppers, a sophomore from Laguna Niguel, returned to join his team at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, site of the NCAA Regional Tournament.
He has not been cleared to return to action and due to the lingering effects of the incident, he will not be available to the media on Sunday evening.