Former Bulldogs in League Championships
Oct. 12, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Two former Fresno State baseball student-athletes are currently still competing in the Major League Baseball postseason.
Doug Fister picked up his second win of the postseason after leading the Detroit Tigers to their first win of the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers Tuesday night.
"Doug pitched great in game three," said Fresno State Head Coach Mike Batesole. "His strength on the mound has always been his ability to pitch off of his fastball with depth and movement. But his biggest strength is his heart. Both, in beating the Yankees in the clincher and in beating Texas, he was dominating."
Fister gave up a run in the first inning but then held the Rangers off the board through the seventh, striking out three. Detroit's offense backed Fister by putting up five runs while he was on the mound.
The right hander was relieved after a third of an inning in the eighth with a runner on second. The runner would score on the next batter's ground out for the final Texas run of the game.
Fister walked no one in his 7.1 innings pitched, the most innings off all pitchers in the league championship series'. His 2.45 ERA is also the best of all pitchers still in the postseason who go for five innings or more.
Casey McGehee, third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers, is also making a run with his team for the World Series. The Brewers are currently battling the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series and play tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5:05 p.m. PST.
McGehee has seen action in four games this postseason. He made his debut with the Chicago Cubs Sept. 2, 2008.
"It has been very exciting for all of us who shared a dugout and a clubhouse with these guys," added Batesole. "It's like a piece of all of us is playing on the big stage. We are very proud of them."
Collegebaseballinsider.com lists Fresno State as one of five NCAA Division I programs with two alums in a league championship series. Batesole has coached three players in this year's league championship series'. Kameron Loe, a teammate of McGehee's on the Brewers, was under Batesole at Cal State Northridge.
Fans can stay up on their former Bulldogs in the postseason on worldseries.com.
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