Bulldogs Beat Alumni, 10-5
Holden Sprague and Ryan Overland started for the alumni squad on Saturday.
Holden Sprague and Ryan Overland started for the alumni squad on Saturday.

Feb. 12, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. - A couple hundred fans came out Saturday afternoon to watch the annual Fresno State baseball alumni game. The current Bulldogs were victorious once again winning 10-5 in nine innings.

Former Bulldog and current San Francisco Giants bullpen coach Mark Gardner was on hand to throw out the first pitch. He hung out in the dug out with the coaches and players before the game.

The alumni starting battery was Holden Sprague and Ryan Overland. The duo last played together in 2008 when the Bulldogs won the College World Series.

Richie Robnett, who played outfield for the Bulldogs in 2004, got the offense started for the alumni team. He hit an RBI double giving the Alumni a 1-0 lead.

The Bulldogs answered in the bottom half of the inning with a RBI single up the middle from sophomore Scott David.

Junior Derek Benny sat the alumni batters down in order in the second inning.

The Bulldogs took a 5-1 lead after scoring four runs in the second inning. Preseason All-American Jordan Ribera drove in two runs with a double of the right field wall.

The 2011 Dogs added four runs in the fourth and fifth innings increasing their lead to 9-1. Preseason All-WAC outfielder Brennan Gowens hit an RBI triple to center field.

The Alumni team cut into the Dogs lead, scoring three runs in the seventh inning and trailing 9-4. Ryan Haag, who played for the Bulldogs in 2003-04, hit a triple down the right field line and Terrance Frazier drove him home with a single to left field.



The alumni began having fun in the seventh inning when Stephen Susdorf batted three consecutive times hitting a double, a single and then flying out to end the inning.

The following half an inning, the Alumni played with 10 outfielders and five infielders. The former Bulldogs had a total of 17 players on the field instead of the usual nine.

The alumni dug out was full of former Bulldogs from over the years. The line up included players such as, Erik Wetzel, Tom Mendonca, Nick Moresi, Bobby Coyle, Kent Sakamoto, Brian Lapin, Dennis Springer and Gavin Hedstrom.

The current Bulldogs won the game by a final score of 10-5.

"We Are Your Team!" The Dogs open the 2011 season on Feb. 18 at 6:05 p.m. against Gonzaga. The weekend continues with Gonzaga on Feb. 19 at 6:05 p.m. The Dogs also face two-time National Champions Oregon State Feb. 20-21 at Beiden Field.

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