Feb. 22, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball team opened the 2010 season taking three of four games from Nebraska. The Bulldogs fell, 4-1, in the final game of the series Monday night and are 3-1 on the season.
"It was a good weekend," said head coach Mike Batesole. "We pitched exceptionally well for four days and played fantastic defense for four days. And when you do that you're going to be in a series with a chance to win every weekend. And that is exactly what we did this weekend."
After this series against the Huskers, Fresno State is 20-12 against Big 12 teams. The Bulldogs have faced eight of 13 teams including, Texas Tech, Texas A & M, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
The team finished the series hitting .331 with seven doubles, a triple and five home runs. Jordan Ribera leads the way hitting .500 after four games.
Right-hander Cody Kendall got the starting nod on Monday night. Through three innings, the sophomore faced the minimum batters. The first seven batters he faced he sat down in order. He threw a career-high six innings against the Huskers.
Kendall struck out a career-high six batters. His previous record was five strikeouts lat year against Nevada. The six strikeouts is also a season-high for the Bulldog pitching staff.
The `Dogs have forced two runners between first and second base in the series and tagged the runners out in both situations.
The pitchers duel ended in the fifth inning when the Huskers got a runner across home taking the lead, 1-0.
In the sixth inning, Nebraska extended their lead, 3-0, after scoring two runs on three hits.
Right-hander Taylor Garrison came out of the bullpen in the seventh inning.
Garrison sat down the Husker batters 1-2-3 in the eighth inning. He had two strikeouts on the night.
Nebraska increased their lead, 4-0, with a run in the top of the ninth inning.
Ribera got a base knock to left center field. Freshman Scott David pinch ran for Ribera. Designated hitter Kaohu Gaspar followed with a single advancing David to second base. Trent Garrison singled up the middle allowing David to score as the `Dogs trail, 4-1.
Nebraska turned a double play to end the game winning, 4-1.
"We Are Your Team" - The Bulldog baseball team heads north to take on the Washington Huskies February 26th through the 28th. The `Dogs will return to Beiden Field on March 3rd to host the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners at 6:05pm. For tickets and more information be sure to check out GoBulldogs.com.
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