Fresno St 11, UW 10

Reliever Greg Gonzalez retired Bradley Boyer on a fly ball to right field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to save an 11-10 victory by Fresno State over Washington in the middle game of the three game non-conference series at Husky Ballpark

After Fresno State (4-2) scored seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to erase a five run deficit and take an 11-9 lead, the Huskies (3-2) had a chance to pull out a victory even more dramatic than the one they got in the series opener.

Chase Anselment led off the bottom of the ninth with a double down the left field line and took third on a one out single to left by Jacob Lamb. Pinch hitter struck out swinging for the second out, but Julien Pollard overcame an 0-2 count to walk and load the bases. Doug Cherry then drew another walk on four pitches to force in Anselment and make it 11-10.

Boyer, who singled home the game winning run on Friday, had another chance to win Saturday's game with a clutch hit, but his fly ball on a 1-0 pitch from Gonzalez got caught by right fielder Brennan Gowens at the warning track to end the game.

Trailing 9-4 going to the top of the eighth, Fresno State sent 10 batters to the plate and scored seven runs. Gowens led off with a walk, Jordan Ribera singled and Andy Qualls singled to score Gowens. Austin Wynns struck out swinging but pinch hitter Kenny Wise lined a double to right center to score Ribera and Qualls and cut the Husky lead to 9-7. Bobby Coyle flied out to center for the second out but Garrett Weber lined a single off third baseman Lamb's glove to score Wise and make it 9-8. Danny Muno then walked and Dusty Robinson drove an 0-2 pitch from Adam Cimber (0-1) over the wall in left center field for a three run homer and an 11-9 lead.

The Huskies began the game where they left off in the opener, scoring at least a run in each of the first five innings. They took a 2-0 lead in the first. Andy Smith led off with his first career Husky hit, an infield single, moved to second on a sacrifice by Boyer and scored on a run and hit single to center by Pierce Rankin. Anselment singled and Brown drove in Rankin with another single.

The Huskies made it 3-0 in the bottom of the second when David Bentrott doubled, took third on a sacrifice, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Boyer. Washington made it 4-0 in the third when Brown got hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single by Lamb.

Fresno State tied the game with four runs in the top of the fourth, on a three run homer to dead center by Ribera, already his fifth of the season, and a run scoring double by Coyle.

The Huskies, however, came right back to take a 7-4 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. With one out Boyer reached safely on a throwing error by Muno and Troy Scott pulled a double off the right field wall. Both runners scored on an opposite field double to right by Rankin, who later scored on an error by shortstop Isacc Vivas.

The home team then extended the lead to 9-4 in the fifth when Brian Wolfe led off with an infield single and was aboard when Boyer belted an 0-1 pitch from starter Matt Morse over the left field scoreboard for his first homer of the season.

On the mound, second Bulldog pitcher Gene Escat (1-0), got the win with two scoreless innings, allowing just one walk. Cimber got roughed up in suffering the loss, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk in one and two thirds innings. Gonzalez got his first save, allowing a run on two hits and two walks in one and one third innings.

The two teams conclude the series at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Andrew Kittredge will start on the mound for Washington. Then the Huskies hit the road for eight games before returning home to host perennial power Cal State Fullerton March 19-21. Top Stories