QUICK START DOOMS BASESBALL IN 16-7 LOSS AT FRESNO STATE
FRESNO, Calif. — Fresno State scored 10 runs over the first four innings, including four in the first, en route to a 16-7 win over Sacramento State, Friday evening in Western Athletic Conference baseball action at Beiden Field.
The Bulldogs improved to 15-17 overall and 2-2 in WAC games. The Hornets fell to 9-18 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
Fresno State jumped all over reigning WAC Pitcher of the Week Alvaro Orozco. The Bulldogs opened the bottom of the first with a single from Erik Wetzel. Loren Storey reached safely on a bunt single setting the table for Brian Lapin’s double to right field which scored Wetzel. Storey also tried to score on the play but was gunned down for the first out of the inning. A single by Steve Susdorf placed runners on the corners and Ozzie Lewis added a double to left to clear the bases. The final run of the inning scored on a single from Alan Ahmady.
The Bulldogs added another run in the second inning before scoring twice in the third. Sacramento State got back into the game in the top of the fourth with five runs. Ryan Blair led off with a triple to right center. He then scored on an infield single from Gabe Jacobo for the Hornets’ first run. Jeff Hannah singled and an error moved Jacobo to third before he scored on a sacrifice fly from Montana Dye. With two outs and two runners on, freshman Tim Wheeler homered to left to make the score, 7-5.
Any chance of a Sacramento State comeback were killed in the bottom half of the inning when the Bulldogs responded with three runs of their own. Fresno State also added two runs in the sixth and four in the eight before the Hornets scored their final two runs in the ninth inning on a Devin Spurling home run.
The Bulldogs finished the game with 20 hits off of five Hornet pitchers. Orozco suffered the loss, snapping his streak of four consecutive wins. Clayton Allison picked up the win for Fresno State after throwing six innings and allowing five earned runs on seven hits.
Blake Crosby, Hannah and Wheeler were the only three players on Sacramento State to pick up two hits. Fresno State had seven players with multiple hits, including Wetzel who was 4-for-4.
The two teams will continue the three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m.