Fresno State wraps up a season high 13-game homestand with a three-game tilt against the Titans.
March 17, 2004
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Cal State Fullerton (12-12) at Fresno State (11-14)
Dates: March 19-21, 2004>
First Pitch: 6:30/1/1 p.m.
Stadium: Beiden Field (6,575)
Location: Fresno, Calif.
Radio: KMJ AM 580
Series: CSF 46, FS 35
Fri. FS RHP Michael Cooper (1-3, 3.46) vs. CSF RHP Jason Windsor (1-2, 1.89)
Sat. FS RHP Rudy Quinonez (2-4, 8.34) vs. CSF LHP Ricky Romero (3-3, 4.35)
Sun. FS LHP Brandon Miller (1-3, 5.11) vs. CSF LHP Ryan Schreppel (2-1, 6.54)
Fresh off the heels of its third straight Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic title, Fresno State plays host to in-state rival Cal State Fullerton this weekend ... Marks the final nonconference series of the season for the Bulldogs and the end of a season high 13-game homestand ...Sport a 5-5 record for the homestand ... First pitch on Friday is 6:30 p.m. with 1 p.m. starts slated for Saturday and Sunday ... After this weekend, all Saturday home games will begin at 6:30 p.m. .... Fresno State has 16 games scheduled in March, the most of any month this season ... KMJ AM 580 will air all three of this weekend's games with Paul Loeffler calling the play-by-play and Bulldog Baseball Hall of Famer Steve Hosey providing analysis ... Gametracker will also be available for all three games via Fresno State's official athletics website, gobulldogs.com.
Fresno State vs. Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series 46-35 since 1967 ... Overall, CSF has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two schools ... Last year, the Titans swep a three-game set from the Bulldogs in Fresno (Feb. 7-9) ... Cal State Fullerton outscored FS 32-5 for the series that included a one-hit gem by former Titan's hurler Wes Littleton in the series opener ... Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1990 with a B.A. in kinesiology and earned his master's in biomechanics in 1992 ... Batesole holds a 6-8 record against Cal State Fullerton (0-3 at Fresno State) ... The last time the Bulldogs won a series against CSF was 1994 when they swept a pair of weekday contests (5-2, 12-6) ... The last time Fresno State won a series from the Titans was 1991 when it took two of three in Fresno (1-0, 6-4, 5-20) ... The last time Fresno State swept a three-game tilt from the Titans was 1989 (6-5, 7-6, 9-8) in Fresno.
Keepin' it Close
With their dramatic 10-9 win against BYU Saturday, the Bulldogs remained perfect in one-run games this year with a 5-0 record ... Fresno State's five wins leads the WAC in the category and is the only team in the league who is undefeated in one-run affairs ... San Jose State is second in the conference with a 3-1 ledger ... Last year, the Bulldogs posted a 10-4 mark in one-run contests (4-3 WAC) ... Their ten one-run victories were second most in the conference behind Rice ... All four of Fresno State's losses came in the opponent's last at-bat ... Fresno State was also 15-9 in games decided by two runs or less last season (6-5 this year) ... The Bulldogs also played in three straight extra innings games (4/30, 5/2, 5/3) last year which is the longest streak dating back to 1976 ... Fresno State is 1-0 in extra innings games this year ... Dating back to 1976, the 2001 and 1992 squads are tied for the lead with eight extra inning contests.
Highlighted by three triples against Chicago State (3/8), Fresno State collected eight three baggers during the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic to improve its season total to nine ...Ranks second in the WAC behind Nevada (12) ... Most since 2001 club who collected 19 three baggers ... The school record for triples in a season is 33, set in 1988.
With three last week, Richie Robnett is tied for first in the WAC with 11 doubles on the season and is just 17 shy of tying the single season doubles record at Fresno State ... Derek Feramisco collected 28 two baggers in 1997 ... The Bulldogs have tallied 55 two base hits through the first 25 games (2.2/gm) of 2004 ... The 1988 squad holds the season high mark with 170 doubles.
Hello, My Name Is...
Twenty-two of Fresno State's 36-man roster are playing their first season in a Bulldog uniform ... Sixteen of those student-athletes have already seen action ... The group has accounted for 55.1% of the team's hits (141/256), 61.2% of the team's runs (90/147)
58.8% of the team's RBI (80/136), and 66.7% of the team's stolen bases (18/27) ... Ten letterwinners return from last season's squad that includes All-WAC infielders Ryan Haag and Chris Patrick ... On the mound, Matt Garza is the lone starter returning from last year's squad ... However, including Garza, six pitchers who lettered in 2003 return ... Matt Scott (6), Toby Girazian (3) and David Griffin (1) also have starting experience ... Five of Fresno State's 11 wins have been recorded by newcomers led by Michael Cooper who is third in the WAC in opponent's batting average (.208) and sixth in ERA (3.46).
One of the keys to Fresno State's title run in the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic was the defense that boasted a .982 fielding percentage (five errors) for the week ... Raised the team's overall fielding percentage four points to .969 ... Leads the WAC ... The Bulldogs have committed 29 through 25 games this season (1.16/gm) while turning 21 double plays ... Last year, the team ranked fifth in the country with a .975 fielding percentage ... Casey McGehee and Ryan Haag led the team with ten errors ... The Bulldogs also turned 50 double plays.