April 8, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - For the second time in three years, the Fresno State baseball team will open Western Athletic Conference play on the road against Hawai'i. The Bulldogs begin their quest for their fifth-straight WAC title.
The 2009 WAC Tournament was the last time Fresno State played Hawai'i. The Bulldogs beat Hawai'i, 10-4, en route to winning their fourth consecutive WAC Tournament title. The `Dogs and `Bows faced each other five times last season and the Fresno State won, three of the five. The Bulldogs lead the overall series, 69-45.
About the `Bows
Hawai'i is 16-12 heading into the first weekend of Western Athletic Conference play. The `Bows took two of three games against Gonzaga last weekend. The team is hitting .266 with 23 home runs and 133 RBIs. Collin Bennett has the highest batting average of the starters (.337). He has hit seven doubles, three home runs. The pitching staff has the best ERA in the WAC (4.50). Josh Slaats has a 3-1 record with an ERA of 1.03 and 41 strikeouts.
Ready For WAC
The Bulldogs are ready for Western Athletic Conference play and look to defend their title for the fifth year in a row. The Bulldogs have earned the WAC title crown the last four years. For the second time in the last three years, the Bulldogs will open the WAC on the road in Hawai'i. In 2008, the Bulldogs first WAC series was at Hawai'i.
Dogs Top WAC Poll Again
For the fifth-straight year Fresno State has been chosen as the favorite to win the conference crown. The four-time defending WAC champions received five first place votes. In addition, the Bulldogs had four players named to the 2010 Preseason All-WAC team, which ties for the most of any team in the conference.
`Dogs Bats Heating Up
As a team, the `Dogs are hitting .319 with 70 doubles, seven triples, 33 home runs and 191 RBIs. Junior Jordan Ribera is leading the way with 12 home runs Garrett Weber is sporting the highest batting average of the starters at .368 and leads the team in hits (42). Brennan Gowens has the most doubles on the team, hitting 13.Ribera leads the team in RBIs with 31.
Ribera's Home Run Count Rises
Jordan Ribera leads the team in home runs hit with 12 and is sixth in the nation in hitting home runs. He is two home runs behind the national leader. The junior hit four home runs over the weekend against CSU Bakersfield. Opening weekend, the first baseman tied the school record for consecutive home runs with three. Ribera finished the 2009 campaign with two game-winning home runs against New Mexico State and earned the WAC Tournament MVP honor.
Going... Going... GONE!
As a team, Fresno State has hit 33 home runs in 28 games, which is the second most in the WAC behind New Mexico State (72). Last weekend, the `Dogs hit eight home runs against the Roadrunners. Jordan Ribera leads the way with 12. Also contributing to the home run count is; Danny Muno, Dusty Robinson, Kaohu Gaspar, Garrett Weber, Bobby Coyle, Trent Garrison, Kenny Wise, Brennan Gowens and Isacc Vivas.
It Takes Two...
The `Dogs have fielded the second most double plays in the nation and are one behind national leader, New Mexico State. The Bulldogs have recorded a total of 38 this season. Against Oregon, the Bulldogs tied the single game record of five double plays. The last time that many double plays were turned was in 1986 against Washington State and Pacific.
"We Are Your Team"-- The Bulldogs open Western Athletic Conference play on the road this weekend against Hawai'i April 9-11. The `Dogs return to Beiden Field on April 13 when they host CSU Bakersfield. For ticket information log on to gobulldogs.com or call 278-GODOGS.
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