Fresno St. Softball Splits; Baseball Beats Alumni

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State softball team split its two games Saturday in the Fresno State Kick-Off Tournament, beating UC Riverside 7-3 before falling to Sacramento State 2-1 in nine innings.

The Bulldogs now stand at 3-1 on the year after three days of play from Bulldog Diamond.

In game one, Fresno State came back from a pair of deficits, including being down one run going into the sixth, before exploding for five runs that inning to beat the Highlanders.

In game two, the `Dogs found themselves down a run again, this time going into the bottom of the fifth. Senior catcher Kaitlin Griffin tied the game up with her sixth RBI in four games, but the Hornets stung the Bulldogs in extra innings on a game-winning RBI single from Alyssa Nakken in the ninth.

"I thought we did a good job in the first game coming from behind, [Griffin] hitting the home run like that and then everybody just started hitting the ball and it was great," head coach Margie Wright said. "Then in the second game, it's always going to be tough when you have to go to the tiebreaker because people automatically get that runner on second and they move them with a sac fly or whatever.

"We could have done that too, and we didn't execute. I think that loss was disappointing, but tomorrow we got to come out and fight harder."

Game OneFresno State won game one, 7-3, over UC Riverside. Freshman pitcher Kiley Shae Aldridge picked up the win in her first career appearance.

Riverside jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second, but Griffin got those runs back for the Bulldogs with a two-run homer to left in the third.

UCR broke the 2-2 tie in the sixth with one run that came home when pinch-hitter Taylor Alvarez was hit by a pitch when the bases were loaded. Fresno State came right back in the bottom of the sixth with five runs off of five hits and one UCR error to bring the Bulldogs back for the victory.

Stesha Brazil started the rally with a RBI single that scored Brenna Moss to tie the game. Andrea Ortega brought home a pair with a bases-loaded single and the freshmen Taylor Green and Mario Sio both drove one run each.

Game TwoA leadoff double from Nakken in the top of the fourth led to the first run of the game. Emily McCormick drove her home to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead, which held until the bottom of the fifth.

With one out, Griffin was able to single home Ortega from second to tie the game and the score remained 1-1 going into extra innings.

In the top of the ninth, Nakken drove in Kelli Frye on a single up the middle that just got under the glove of Michelle Moses to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead.

Fresno State had runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Bison pitcher Taylor Stroud shut the `Dogs down to hand Fresno State its first loss of the season.

Stroud threw six innings of relief to improve to 2-0 on the year. The loss spoiled a strong effort from Moses, the Bulldog ace, who threw all nine innings. Moses only allowed five hits, two runs (one earned) and she had nine strikeouts with no walks in the game.


The 2012 Fresno State baseball team came out on top in the annual alumni game Saturday afternoon at Beiden Field.{} The current Bulldog squad outlasted the alums 9-3, coming back in the eighth inning to take the win.

"Every time we come out to play it's serious," sophomore Tyler Linehan said after the game. {}"No matter what, scrimmage or not, we play to our hardest and get our work done, so that way whether its season or practice, we get everything done and everything ready."

Linehan started on the mound for the current Bulldogs.{} He sat down the first nine alums in the first three innings.{} The lefty was hot through the fifth inning allowing no hits, no runs and only two batters on.

"I think it was just a competitive game," said Terrance Frazier who competed for the Bulldogs from 1988-92 and has been playing in the alumni game for 24 consecutive years, managing the team for the past two years.{} "They're a solid team, they play good defense and they stayed in the game the whole time. The alumni, we brought a lot of talent to the field and they rose to the occasion."

Over 22 former Bulldogs took the diamond again in the grudge match.{} Among them were several members of the 2008 National Championship team as well as several now professional athletes.

With the score tied at zero in the top of the sixth inning, the alumni put two runners into scoring position off a sacrifice bunt by Gavin Hedstrom (2008-09).{} 2011 Most Valuable Player Danny Muno (2008-11) singled to left, scoring Frazier, ending the no hitter and the shutout in one swing of the bat.{} Erik Wetzel (2006-08) followed Muno with an RBI single of his own to give the alums the 2-0 lead.

"It's different but it's definitely a lot of fun," said Muno of playing with the alumni instead of against them.{} "It's a good showing out by the alumni and it's a lot of fun to be out here and play with the guys I played with here."{}

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Bulldogs capitalized on a walk, subbing in pinch runner sophomore Jordan Mullins at first.{} Freshman Jordan Brink singled up the middle and Mullins hustled around the bases to score, ending the alums shutout. Freshman Chris Mariscal followed Brink with an RBI single of his own and the game become tied at two heading into the top of the seventh inning.

Garrett Weber (2010-11) opened the seventh with a double off the center field wall.{} Jordan Ribera (2008-11) grounded out to second, and moved Weber into better scoring position at third.{} But Weber was thrown out attempting to squeeze home on a ground ball to third by Frazier.{} The alumni sent in pinch hitter Will Thomas, who did not think he was playing until the half inning before his at bat.

Wearing a borrowed uniform and using borrowed equipment, the surprise addition slammed a ball to deep left center for a stand up double, scoring Frazier from first and giving the alumni the 3-2 lead.

"I knew if I was going to do something I wanted to do something big," said Thomas who was a Bulldog from 2002-05.

Jake Howard (2006-08) became the sixth pitcher on the mound for the alumni and kept the lead intact, surviving a runner in scoring position.

Newcomer Tyler Stirewalt took over for Linehan on the mound in the top of the 8th and cleared the first three alums.{} He would finish with two strikeouts in two innings pitched with no runs scored. Linehan went seven innings with three strikeouts and three runs.

The Bulldogs opened up the offense in the bottom of the eighth inning, brining across seven runs and earning the win.

Freshman Jordan Luplow went 2-for-3 on the day with two singles.{} Luplow's RBI single to center in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Mariscal and tied the game 3-3.

"Seeing all the great players that came through Fresno State and to get to play against them was a pretty neat experience," said Luplow.{} "Everyone that I was playing against, I was in awe of."{}

As the alumni manager, Frazier subbed himself in at catcher in the eighth inning, went 1-for-2 with two runs and a stolen base.{} He is the all-time alum hits leader and one of two Bulldogs from the 1980's who competed in the game.{} Dennis Springer (1986-87) went a little over an inning on the mound.

"I think it's exciting for them," said volunteer assistant coach Ryan Overland (2005-08) about the current Bulldogs.{} "This is the first time, even though it's not a real other opponent, it's still another team in the other dugout."{} Overland was a catcher on the 2008 National Championship team and has only competed in one alumni game since he graduated in 2008.

The starting lineup for the alumni was: Muno (shortstop), Wetzel (second base), Dusty Robinson (left field), Weber (third base), Ribera (first base), Brennan Gowens (right field), Nick Moresi (designated hitter), Brian Lapin (center field) and Josh Poytress (pitcher).

Below is a list of the alumni present at the event.{} The current Fresno State Bulldogs open the 2012 season at home in less than a week against Butler on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.{} Fans can purchase season and single-game tickets online or by calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at 559-278-3647.

Alumni Present by Years



Jack Altman, 1953-56

Bob Doig, 1954-57



Fred Hood, 1960-61

Jim Sirimarco, 1964-68

Leonard Bacome, 1968-69



Fernie Garcia, 1975-76

Mike Patrick, 1977-78

Mike Champ, 1978-81



Ray O'Canto, 1980-81

Mark Combs, 1983-84

Dennis Springer, 1986-87

Ed Zosky, 1986-89

Steve Hose, 1987-89

Terrance Frazier, 1988-92

Chris Falco, 1989-91



Josh Kaitfors, 1993-96



Shawn Hannah, 2000-01

Casey Creamer, 2001-02

Will Thomas, 2001-05

Chase Moore, 2002

Kyle Wilson, 2004

Nick Moresi, 2004-06

Gavin Hedstrum, 2005-09

Ryan Overland, 2005-08

Stephen Susdorf, 2005-08

Sean Bonesteele, 2006-10

Jake Hower, 2006-08

Holden Sprague, 2006-09

Kris Tomlinson, 2006-08

Andy Underwood, 2006

Erik Wetzel, 2006-08

Clay Allison, 2007-08

Brian Lapin, 2007

Jordan Ribera, 2008-11

Danny Muno, 2008-10

Brennan Gowens, 2009-11

Josh Poytress, 2009-11

Charlie Robertson, 2009-11

Dusty Robinson, 2009-11

Isacc Vivas, 2009-10



Greg Gonzalez, 2010-11

Garrett Weber, 2010-11

Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics