Friday, June 1
1 p.m. -- Game 1: No. 2 seed Pepperdine vs. No. 3 seed Michigan State 6 p.m. -- Game 2: No. 1 seed Stanford vs. No. 4 seed Fresno State
Saturday, June 2
1 p.m. -- Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
6 p.m. -- Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Sunday, June 3
1 p.m. -- Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
6 p.m. -- Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
Monday, June 4
6 p.m. -- Game 7 (if necessary)
Site: Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (4,000); Stanford, Calif. TV: ESPN3 (Joe Davis/Randy Flores) - ALL GAMES Radio: AM 940 KYNO (Paul Loeffler/Ray O'Canto) - FRESNO STATE GAMES ONLY Web:GoBulldogs.com - Gametracker - FRESNO STATE GAMES ONLY www.ESPN3.com - Live Video - ALL GAMES
By Stephen Trembley firstname.lastname@example.org GoBulldogs.com Note: Jason Clay & Theresa Kurtz contributed to this report
STANFORD, Calif. -- The Fresno State baseball team opens the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament on Friday against host Stanford on Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
Bulldog fans can watch the game online at ESPN3.com and listen in on the Bulldog Radio Network at AM 940 KYNO with Paul Loeffler and Ray O'Canto. Joe Davis (play-by-play) and Randy Flores (analyst) will be calling the game on ESPN3.com.
Fresno State (30-26) is making its 34th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in the last seven years. The Bulldogs have been selected to play in the Stanford Regional with the Cardinal, Pepperdine and Michigan State.
The double elimination regional continues play on Saturday and the Bulldogs are looking to reach their first super regional since 2008, the year Fresno State won the national championship.
Fresno State reached the tournament this year by capturing the WAC Tournament title and gaining the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
The 'Dogs enter the regional red hot, winning eight out of their last 10 games and 12 of 16 in the month of May.
Under head coach Mike Batesole, the Bulldogs have gone 85-31 in May games and are 41-14 in postseason play (WAC and NCAA Tournament games).
BULLDOG BONES - POSTSEASON/CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
Fresno State is making its 34th NCAA Tournament appearance.
Fresno State has made four College World Series appearances (1959, '88, `91 & 2008).
Fresno State won its first national championship in 2008 as the lowest seed to ever win the title.
Under head coach Mike Batesole, the Bulldogs are 41-14 in postseason play, including both the WAC and NCAA Tournaments combined.
Fresno State has won six of the past seven WAC Tournament Championships.
Fresno State owns a 27-4 record in the WAC Tournament games since 2006.
Fresno State has won 34 conference baseball championships since 1922.
BULLDOG BONES - DOWN THE HOME STRETCH
In the last 18 games, Fresno State outscored its opponents 140-77 and hit .314 as a team.
Fresno State has won 12 of its past 16 games, including a 5-1 mark at the WAC Tournament.
Fresno State has also won eight of its past 10 games and 11 of its last 14.
Fresno State won its last three WAC series to close the regular season.
Since 2008, the year the Bulldogs won the national championship, Fresno State has posted a 15-3 record in postseason elimination games. The Bulldogs have gone 9-1 in WAC Tournament elimination games, including a 3-0 record this year to reach the 2012 Stanford Regional, and a 6-2 mark in NCAA Tournament elimination games. In the NCAA Tournament alone, Fresno State is 1-1 at the regionals in elimination games, 2-0 in the Super Regionals and 3-0 at the College World Series. During its run to the 2008 National Championship, Fresno State defeated San Diego 5-1 in the Long Beach Regional and then defeated No. 3 Arizona State twice in back-to-back elimination games to advance to the College World Series. In the CWS, Fresno State defeated North Carolina to reach the CWS finals and then after losing the opening game, defeated Georgia twice to win the programs first national championship.
A LOOK BACK AT THE STANFORD SERIES
Fresno State handed then first-ranked Stanford its first loss of the season back on March 2 when the Bulldogs defeated the Cardinal 7-4 at home. The 'Dogs handed Stanford ace Mark Appel his only loss on the season, as they got seven runs on eight hits against Appel in his complete-game effort. Fresno State sophomore Aaron Judge did the most damage against Appel, gonig 2-for-2 in the series opener with two home runs, three RBIs, three runs scored and two walks. After the series opener, Stanford came back to beat Fresno State 16-0 and 9-2 to take the series two-games-to-one. Judge led the Bulldogs that weekend, going 4-for-8 at the plate with four RBIs, four runs scored and all four of his hits went for extra bases (two doubles and two home runs). The total attendance from the three games of the series at Beiden Field was 9,270 (an average of 3,090) and it was the highest attended Fresno State home series since 2006. The first game against Stanford was the first non-season opener to reach over 2,900 fans in over six years. The attendance for that game was 2,943 and the high from the weekend was 3,309 on Sunday, March 4.
A LOOK BACK AT THE PEPPERDINE SERIES
Pepperdine and Fresno State met in Malibu back on Feb. 24-26 with the Waves taking the series two-games-to-one. Pepperdine took the first game of the series, 3-2, despite the fact the Bulldogs out-hit the Waves 9-5. Fresno State came back on Saturday to win the second game of that series, 8-4. Senior pitcher Cody Kendall picked up his first win of the season by throwing a then career-high seven innings and he allowed just two runs off of seven hits. Freshman Jordan Luplow went 3-for-5 in the win with four RBIs, two doubles and two runs scored. Game three of the series went to Pepperdine, as Wave starter Corey Miller held the Bulldogs to just three hits in his seven innings in the 6-0 Pepperdine victory.
BULLDOGS FACED FIVE NCAA TEAMS IN 2012
Fresno State played five teams this season that reached the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, including Stanford and Pepperdine who are all in the same regional as Fresno State this weeekend. The other three teams were Kent State, New Mexico and New Mexico State. Fresno State posted a 8-7 record this year against teams that made the NCAA field. The Bulldogs went 3-1 against New Mexico State, 2-0 vs. Kent State (March 20-21), 1-2 vs. New Mexico (March 30-April 1), 1-2 vs. then first-ranked Stanford (March 2-4) and 1-2 at Pepperdine (Feb. 24-26). Asides from the May 24 15-8 win over New Mexico State in the WAC Tournament, the games at Pepperdine were the only ones Fresno State played on the road against NCAA Tournament teams in 2012.
SCOUTING THE OPPPONENTS AT THE NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL No. 1 Seed Stanford (36-12, Pacific-12, At-Large, Host School)
The No. 11-ranked Cardinal serve as the host for the regional and it is the 15th time under head coach Mark Marquess that the Cardinal have hosted an NCAA Regional. Stanford (36-12) has a 55-12 overall record in those 14 Regionals, advancing to 11 of its 14 College World Series over that stretch. It is the 31st NCAA Tournament appearance for the Cardinal and 28th under Marquess. The Cardinal closed out regular season with 5-3 win over Cal. All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads 80-49 2012 Series: Stanford won 2 out of 3
No. 2 Seed Pepperdine (34-21, West Coast Conference Champion)
The Waves earned an automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Tournament after winning the West Coast Conference Tournament. Pepperdine is 34-21 on the year and headed to the postseason for the first time since 2008. The Waves entered last weekend tied with San Diego for tops in the WCC. After defeating the Toreros 4-0 on Friday, they fell 10-5 on Saturday, setting up a winner-takes-all game on Sunday. The Waves, behind a stellar performance from starting pitcher Corey Miller, defeated the Toreros 5-1 to win their first WCC title since 2006. All-Time Series Record: Fresno State leads 39-25 2012 Series: Pepperdine won 2 out of 3
No. 3 Seed Michigan State (37-21, Big Ten, At-Large)
The Spartans enter the 2012 NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid after finishing the regular season 37-21. Michigan State is back in the postseason action after a 33-year hiatus. This marks the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance for the Spartan baseball program and the first since 1979. The Spartans finished out their regular season with a 4-3 11-inning loss to Indiana in the semifinals of the Big 10 Tournament. As a team, MSU is batting .298 and their pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA. All-Time Series Record: N/A; Fresno State & Mighican State have never played 2012 Series: N/A; Fresno State & Mighican State have never played
LUPLOW NAMED WAC TOURNAMENT MVP
Freshman Jordan Luplow, a local product from Clovis' Buchanan High School, earned all-tournament honors for leading Fresno State to its sixth WAC Tournament title in the past seven seasons. Luplow drove in the winning run of the Bulldogs' thrilling walk-off 4-3 victory over Sacramento State in 13 innings in the championship game at HoHoKam Stadium. In the six games in Mesa, Luplow went 10-for-24 (.417) with two doubles, a triple and 10 RBI.
FIVE 'DOGS EARN ALL-TOURNEY HONORS Jordan Luplow earned top honors as the 2012 WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player to headline five Bulldogs on the 11-man All-Tournament Team. In addition to Luplow, junior catcher Austin Wynns (11-for-21, .524 avg, 6 doubles, 7 RBI and 5 walks) redshirt junior first baseman Trent Garrison (10-for-27, .370 avg., 2 doubles and 4 RBI), sophomore center fielder Aaron Judge (8-for-27, .296 avg., 2 doubles and triple) and senior left-handed pitcher Thomas Harlan (1-0, 2.70 ERA, 2 starts, 13.1 inn., 14 Ks and no walks) were also on the All-Tournament Team. All statistics listed were from the Bulldogs' six games during the WAC Tournament.
SEVEN BULLDOGS EARN ALL-WAC HONORS (T-MOST IN WAC)
Seven student-athletes on the Fresno State baseball team were named either first- or second-team All-WAC by the league's head coaches for the 2012 season. The seven Fresno State honorees tied New Mexico State, who earned an at-large NCAA Tournament selection, for the most all-conference selections by school this year. Of the seven Bulldog selections, two received first-team All-WAC distinctions - sophomore Aaron Judge and senior Kenneth Wise. The other five - Trent Garrison (1B), Patrick Hutcheson (2B), Jake Alvarez (3B), Justin Haley (SP) and Thomas Harlan (SP) - garnered second-team honors.
WISE CAPTURES WAC BATTING TITLE
Senior designated hitter and outfielder Kenneth Wise (Camarillo, Calif.) finished conference play with a .434 batting average for the highest clip by any WAC baseball student-athlete. Wise played in all 18 conference games and recorded 23 hits in 53 at-bats with 15 RBI, a home run and three doubles for a .547 slugging percentage. Wise also earned WAC Hitter of the Week honors for going .714 (10-for-14) from April 30 through May 5.
BULLDOG PITCHERS EARN FIVE WAC WEEKLY AWARDS
Four Fresno State pitchers - Thomas Harlan (twice), Justin Haley, Tyler Linehan and Cody Kendall - accounted for five of the Verizon WAC Pitcher of the Week awards during the 2012 season. Linehan also earned a Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week on opening weekend. As a pitching staff, the Bulldogs sported a team 3.76 earned run average and fanned 475 batters over the course of a 55-game regular season and WAC Tournament schedule.
BATESOLE PASSES 600-WIN MILESTONE
The incredible career for Fresno State head baseball coach Mike Batesole reached a significant milestone on April 17 when the Bulldogs rallied in the ninth for a 5-3 come-from-behind road win at Cal Poly to hand Batesole his 600th career victory in 17 years as a Division I head coach.
BULLDOGS BLAST PAST THEN-NO. 1 STANFORD, 7-4
Sophomore outfielder Aaron Judge, a preseason honorable mention All-American, launched back-to-back home runs in his first two at-bats to help fuel Fresno State's 7-4 victory over then-No. 1 Stanford on March 2 at Beiden Field. Both of Judge's homers came off Stanford ace Mark Appel, who is widely projected as one of the top prospects for the 2012 MLB Draft. The series between the 'Dogs and Cardinal drew a total of 9,270 fans for an average of 3,090 per game.
UNDERCLASSMEN PLAYING BIG ROLE FOR 'DOGS
Two-time National Coach of the Year Mike Batesole knew his underclassmen would be a key to the Bulldogs' success this season after eight of the 10 Bulldogs drafted last season signed contracts to pursue their professional playing careers. Four freshmen (Jordan Brink, Jordan Luplow, Chris Mariscal and Taylor Tempel) and two sophomores (Jake Alvarez and Aaron Judge) have played in at least 40 of Fresno State's 55 games this season.
FRESNO STATE FINISHES WAC'S BEST PROGRAM THIS PAST DECADE
With its strong commitment to superior athletic competition and academic performance, Fresno State won its third WAC Commissioner's Cup in the past five years and will exit the conference as the top program throughout the 10 years of the award. The 'Dogs rank first among the current WAC institutions, ahead of Nevada and Hawai'i as the top three WAC schools. Fresno State is one of three repeat Cup winners (2007-08 & 2008-09), along with Rice University (2003-04 & 2004-05) and Boise State University (2009-10 & 2010-11).
WELTY ACCEPTS 'DOGS INVITATION TO JOIN MOUNTAIN WEST
President John D. Welty announced in 2010 that Fresno State accepted an invitation to become a member of the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2012. The Bulldogs will leave the Western Athletic Conference after the season to compete in baseball against Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV.
Sophomore Aaron Judge was named a 2012 Preseason Honorable Mention All-American by College Baseball Insider. The 6-7, 255-pound outfielder was also a 2011 Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He moved to center field this season and bat third in the lineup. He launched four home runs, including two off Stanford ace Mark Appel.
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