The Bulldogs are the reigning WAC Tournament Champions.
May 20, 2009
The No. 3 seed Fresno State baseball team opens WAC Tournament play against No. 4 seed New Mexico State on Thursday, May 21 at 6 pm PT.
Earlier this season the Bulldogs split a four-game series against the Aggies. The `Dogs have won eight of their last 10 games and head into the WAC Tournament with a four-game winning streak.
All of Fresno State's games can be heard live on KMJ, live video is available at wacsoprts.com and live stats can be followed by clicking here. Get all the information on the WAC tournament by clicking here.
`Dogs Set to Defend Tournament Title
Fresno State has dominated the Western Athletic Conference Tournament for the past three seasons, winning WAC tournament each year. The Bulldogs have a 12-0 record in WAC tournament action during that time. The Bulldogs outscored their WAC opponents 23-14 in four games of the tournament in 2008.
The 2009 WAC Tournament
The Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed heading into the tournament and will face No. 4 seed New Mexico State in the first round of the tournament. The `Dogs split their series against the Aggies earlier in the season. Live video streaming will be available for all Fresno State games at wacsports.com.
`Dogs Winning Ways
The Bulldogs head into the WAC Tournament as one of the hottest teams with a four-game winning streak. The `Dogs have won eight of their last 10 games. Fresno State finished conference play 12-12 and 28-27 overall.
Batesole Hits 500
And the Award Goes To...
In his 14th year as a head coach, Mike Batesole earned his 500th career win against Sacramento State on May 14. Batesole has led his teams to five conference titles (four WAC and one Big West) and in 2008 won his first national title with the Bulldogs.
Fresno State shortstop Isacc Vivas
was named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week, for May 11-17. Vivas helped the Bulldogs to a four-game sweep on the road against Sacramento State last week. Vivas batted .615 (8-for-13) with six runs scored, four doubles, one home run, one RBI, two walks and a stolen base.
Senior Holden Sprague worked as the closer for the Bulldogs and earned his sixth win of the year. He improved to 6-3 on the year. He also earned two saves over the weekend, bringing his total for the year to four. Sprague allowed only two hits in the 16 batters he faced. He got his first collegiate at bat against the Hornets. The only run he allowed was a solo home run.
Vivas on Fire
Junior, Isacc Vivas came up big for the Bulldogs at the plate hitting, .615. The shortstop produced four doubles and home run over the weekend as the `Dogs swept Sacramento State. Vivas also helped the Bulldogs turn several key double plays. His home run came in the fourth game of the series and put the last run on the board in the Bulldogs, 7-6, win.
Tom Mendonca has 24 home runs in 2009 and now leads the WAC in home runs hit this season. The junior hit two home runs against Sacramento State to stay in the No. 1 spot. The third baseman is currently second in the country in home runs and is three behind the national leader.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs travel to Honolulu for the WAC Tournament Wednesday through Sunday. Visit gobulldogs.com for tournament information and game times.