Sakamoto Socks Torreros As Fresno State Wins 9-8
June 4, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Senior first baseman Kent Sakamoto hit a three-run homer in two consecutive innings as the Bulldogs moved to the night game to face Cal State Fullerton. USD made a furious comeback through the second half of the game, but Brandon Burke held on for the save as the Bulldogs moved to the night game.
A leadoff walk started trouble for the Bulldogs in the first inning as San Diego struck first. Josh Snyder reached first to open the bottom of the first, and despite being erased on the bases, a Josh Romanski double continued the inning. Fresno State worked around cleanup hitter Josh Ambruzzo, who homered three times yesterday, electing instead to pitch to Daniel Magness, who singled to put the Torreros on the board.
San Diego starter Matt Couch held the Bulldogs hitless through two innings, but Fresno State found a way to get runners on without hits in the third. Erik Wetzel began a one-out rally by reaching on an error, and Loren Storey was hit to put two runners on for Ozzie Lewis. Lewis responded by doubling off the wall for the first hit of the game, bringing in Wetzel, but Storey was gunned down at home. Susdorf also reached after getting plunked, and Kent Sakamoto made the Torreros pay with a three-run shot, putting the Bulldogs ahead 4-1.
The Torreros answered back with another run in the bottom of the third, but a nearly carbon copy of the previous inning occurred in the fourth. Frank LoNigro singled to start the inning, and after being bunted over to second, Wetzel moved him over to third and Loren Storey brought him home with an RBI single. Chase Moore and Steve Susdorf followed that up with two more singles scoring another run and leaving two on for Sakamoto, who hit his second homer of the game to move the `Dogs ahead 9-2.
Even with a seven-run Bulldog lead, San Diego showed plenty of fight. A leadoff walk and a double from Steve Singleton led to two runs in the fifth, and the Torreros added two more in the sixth. David Harris started off the inning with a single, and Kevin Hansen doubled to bring home Harris and leave a runner in scoring position. An error by Erik Wetzel allowed another runner on and spelled the end for Andy Underwood's day. Brandon Miller came on, and after Josh Romanski hit an RBI single, was able to get Singleton to ground into a double play and popped up Jordan Ambruzzo to end the inning.
USD continued to draw in closer to the Bulldogs, as the Torreros added an unearned run in the seventh and loading the bases before reliever Jason Breckley was able to get Josh Romanski to fly out to right field towards a charging Brian Lapin to leave their tenth runner stranded. The Torreros continued to inch closer to the Bulldogs, scoring another run in the eighth as Breckley hit Steve Singleton to start the inning, and David Magness doubled to left to score Singleton and move USD to within one run. Brandon Burke entered the game and struck out Rob Lilly with two outs to keep the Bulldogs in the lead going into the ninth.
Burke continued through the ninth inning, throwing out the lead runner on a bunt play after a leadoff double was lost in the lights, and the Bulldogs advanced to the evening game starting at 9:25 p.m.