Baseball Readies for Busy Week
April 29, 2003
No. 5 Long Beach State (27-12, 7-2 BWC) at Fresno State (22-22, 8-10 WAC)
Date: April 30
First Pitch: 6:35 p.m.
Stadium: Beiden Field (6,575)
Location: Fresno, Calif.
All-Time Record: FS 55, LBSU 49
Local Radio: None (Gametracker via www.gobulldogs.com)
Fresno State wraps up the four-game homestand against fifth-ranked Long Beach State Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. ... The Bulldogs then head out on the road for a three-game series at conference rival Louisiana Tech, May 2-4.
Fresno State vs. Long Beach State
Fresno State leads the series 55-49 dating back to 1957 ... The Bulldogs pounded out ten runs on 12 hits en route to a 10-1 win over the 21st-ranked 49ers last season in Long Beach ... Zach Minor limited the Dirtbags to one run on seven hits over five innings to earn the victory ... Sean Ruthven tossed four scoreless innings in relief to record the save ... Was the first meeting between the two squads since 1998 ... LBSU is making its first trip to Fresno since Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 1997, when the Bulldogs took two of three to open the season ... Mike Batesole holds a 9-4 all-time record against Long Beach State ... Bulldog Hall of Famer Steve Pearse is a volunteer assistant coach for the Dirtbags.
FS RHP Jonathan Wiebe (0-0, 4.43) vs. LBSU RHP Scott Shoemaker (1-1, 4.65)
Casey At the Bat
Casey McGehee batted .500 (7-14) for the Nevada series and now has 233 hits for his career ... Singled and doubled Friday against Nevada to move past Nick Garcia (1998-2001) into ninth on the school's career hits leaders list with 228 hits ... Greg Funk (1980-83) ranks eighth with 234 career hits ... Bulldog assistant coach Matt Curtis (1993-96) is seventh with 235 ... Philip Romero (1989-92) is sixth with 236 ... Eddie Zosky (1987-89) and Ben Reynoso (1993-96) are tied for fourth with 253 hits each ... McGehee lined an infield single in the seventh inning in the championship game of the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic against Gonzaga to mark career hit No. 200 ... McGehee tallied three RBI last weekend and now has 122 career RBIs ... Is 3 shy of tying Ben Reynoso (1993-96, 125) for tenth on the school's career leaders list ... Matt Curtis ranks ninth on the list with 127 RBI (1993-96) ... This season, McGehee leads the squad with 65 hits (tied for third in WAC) ... Leads the team with a .374 batting average (third in WAC) ... Doubled three times last weekend and has posted 39 for his career ... Craig da Luz (1995-98) and Brandon Gemoll (1999-2001) are tied for ninth in school history with 42 two baggers ... Steve Hosey (1987-89) and Derek Feramisco (1995-97) are tied for seventh with 43 ... Has two game-winning hits with an RBI single in the ninth inning against Hawai'i (3/9) and a run scoring double in the elventh against Gonzaga (3/15) ... McGehee has played in Fresno State's last 117 games (167 overall) ... Chris Falco is tenth in Fresno State history with 183 career games played.
Fresno State scored 19 runs over three games against Nevada and is averaging 4.7 runs a game (205 runs over 44 games) this season ... Over the last 13 games, the Bulldogs have averaged 3.9 runs a game (51 runs) ... in the previous 14 games, averaged 9.5 runs a contest (133 runs) beginning with the PJQ ... averaged 3.44 runs a game entering the tournament ... Fresno State was shut out twice at Hawai'i and have been held scoreless five times this season ... Equals most shutouts since 1976 ... Since 1976, had not been blanked twice in one series ... The Bulldogs' 15 runs against Illinois State (3/11) is a season high ... Casey McGehee leads the team with 65 hits (tied for third in WAC) ... McGehee has a team high 20 multi-hit efforts ... The team led for a season high nine innings against San Jose State (4/4), Hawai'i (3/7), Illinois State (3/11), and Penn State (3/12) ... The Bulldogs have led for 134 out of 391 innings this year (34.3%) ... Led 10 out 27 innings against Nevada ... Chase Moore's belted his team leading seventh homer of the season Friday in the fifth inning against Rice (tied for fourth in WAC) ... Brian Pierce hit his second home run of the season Saturday against Nevada ... Bulldogs now have 25 round trippers on the year (56 in 2002) ... Should Moore finish the season with the team lead in home runs, he would be the first freshman to lead the squad in homers since Giuseppe Chiaramonte paced the squad with 11 round trippers in 1995 ... Through the first 18 games of the season, the Bulldogs recorded a .245 team batting average ... Now hitting at a .266 clip (fifth in the WAC) ... Opponents are hitting .290 and have 48 stolen bases to Fresno State's 22 (22 in 2002) ... Haag and Patrick have five steals each, Smith has four, Beshears has three, McGehee has two and Marcelli, Sakamoto and Moore each have one.
Among The Ranks
Fresno State's 7-3 triumph over top-ranked Rice was its first win against a ranked opponent this season ... The Bulldogs won one of three from the Owls and are now1-8 against top-25 opponents this year with three-game sweeps at the hands of No. 7 Cal State Fullerton and No. 11 Stanford ... The Bulldogs were 3-14 against ranked foes last year ... Fresno State was 2-6 on the road with victories at No. 16 Cal State Fullerton (10-4) and No. 21 Long Beach State (10-1) ... Its lone victory at home came against No. 1 Stanford (7-5, Feb. 16).