As this is written, the game is ongoing due to an earlier rain delay and Fresno State is leading 15-6 at the midpoint of the sixth stanza. Since it appears that last night’s meager preview may have failed to do the trick, I thought a more comprehensive look at the Golden State Bulldogs was warranted heading into what appears likely to be a decisive third game tomorrow night.
Through Monday night’s outing, Alan Ahmady continued to lead the team with a .386 average, but Tommy Mendonca’s 18 home runs were tops on the squad. Four Fresno State hitters arrived at Rosenblatt Stadium on Tuesday evening sporting a double-digit home run tally. As a team, the W.A.C. tournament champions had drawn 330 bases on balls.
In Monday night’s outing, Danny Muno, Gavin Hedstrom, and Erik Wetzel combined for three strikeouts and no hits in 13 at-bats at the top of the order. Through the first five frames of Tuesday night’s game, however, those three batters at the top of the lineup had gone a collective five for nine and batted in five runs between them.
Closer Brandon Burke boasted the best earned run average (3.33) among healthy F.S.U. hurlers, but, although his 37 appearances included 13 saves, Burke could claim only a 4-6 record and he had plunked eight opposing batters. Despite possessing a staff E.R.A. of 4.64 through the first game of the College World Series finals, Fresno State had managed to get seven complete games from the team’s starters.