Diamond 'Dogs Set for Home Opener
Feb. 17, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team returns home on Tuesday to make its season debut at Beiden Field at 6:35 p.m. against Grand Canyon of the Western Athletic Conference. The 'Dogs will follow up Tuesday night's game with a second midweek matchup, also at 6:35 p.m. at Beiden Field against Sacramento State on Wednesday as a part of a nine-game homestand.
The Bulldogs (2-1) are fresh off an impressive opening weekend on the road against UC Irvine. The 'Dogs were victorious in their season opener for the sixth consecutive year and shut their opponent out in the Friday night opener for the second time in the last three years. Starter Jordan Brink pitched six and one-third innings, allowed no runs and just one hit while striking out six as the Friday night ace. Behind the plate Taylor Ward came up clutch on back-to-back nights, sparking the 10th inning score on Friday with a lead-off double that led to the game's first run scored, Bulldogs won 2-0 in 10. Saturday, Ward knocked home the game-winning RBI in the 13th inning en route to an 8-7 win. In the series finale, the Bulldogs were edged out 1-0 in another pitching duel. UC Irvine was able to push one across the plate in the sixth inning that turned out to be just enough to keep Fresno State from earning the series sweep.
Grand Canyon traveled to the University of Louisiana at Monroe for its season series opener. The 'Lopes went 1-2 over the weekend. GCU dropped the first game, 6-3, despite a strong pitching performance from Jorge Perez, who collected a career-high 10 strikeouts. They fell again in the Saturday matchup, 5-4, and took the series finale in dominate fashion, 7-1. Starting pitcher Coley Bruins led the way Sunday with a career-best 10 strikeouts over 8.0 innings of work.
Fresno State junior RHP Garrett Mundell is projected to face off against freshman LHP Ethan Evanko in Tuesday evening's game.
The honorary first pitch will be thrown by Kyle Dooley, a Fresno State Alumnus and dedicated bulldog baseball fan. Dooley is the JV baseball coach at Kern Valley High School and former pitcher at his HS Alma Mater. He was selected as part of Fresno State's, "Nominate a Bulldog Fan to Throw a First Pitch," promotion the athletic department created for the Red Wave in January.
"Catch the Wave" - 2014 Fresno State baseball season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.