Bulldogs Win WAC Tourney; Clinch NCAA Berth
MESA, Ariz. --- Fresno State defeated Sacramento State 4-3 in 13 innings to claim the 2012 WAC Baseball Tournament championship on Sunday at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.
"It was great win for our seniors - that's four in four years for them," Fresno State baseball coach Mike Batesole said. "Three in three years for our juniors, two in two years for our sophomores and our freshmen grew up quick and got their first one. That makes us really proud. Four rings in four years, that's fantastic for our kids."
But not only have the Bulldogs won either the regular season or tournament title the past four years - the streak extends back seven years to 2006.
To get there, Fresno State and Sacramento State were locked in what turned out to be the longest WAC Tournament game in the conference's history at the 13 innings and the gritty effort from both teams became an intense marathon that ended on the walk-off winner off the bat of a freshman Jordan Luplow.
The game winner was lifted into right field, scoring Daniel Moultrie from second base in the bottom of the 13th inning to start a joyous celebration of red on the field.
"That was a tough one," Batesole added. "Sac State has the best team they have had in a long time. They played their tails off and what an offense they have. That was about as tough a game as we have had all year."
The win propels the Bulldogs into the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. Fresno State will find out its destination for NCAA Regional play on Monday morning at 9 a.m. PT in a one-hour program shown live on ESPNU.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMBrent Hottman, Sacramento StateAustin Wynns, Fresno StateAlex Williams, Louisiana TechDerrick Chung, Sacramento StateTanner Rust, New Mexico StateTrent Garrison, Fresno StateDavid Del Grande, Sacramento StateAaron Judge, Fresno StateJordan Luplow, Fresno StateDallas Chadwick, Sacramento StateThomas Harlan, Fresno StateMVP: Jordan Luplow, Fresno State
BULLDOG BONES Fresno State now owns a 27-4 record in the WAC Tournament games since 2006. Fresno State is 85-31 during the month of May since 2006. Fresno State is 12-4 in May games this season, which is the program's best record for the crucial month since the 'Dogs went 10-3 in 2007 and 13-0 in 2006. Under head coach Mike Batesole, the Bulldogs are 41-14 in postseason play, including both the WAC and NCAA Tournaments combined.
2012 WAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT (Mesa, Ariz.)Wednesday, May 23GAME 1: No. 5 Fresno State 8, No. 4 Hawai'i 2GAME 2: No. 3 Nevada 4, No. 6 Louisiana Tech 3
Thursday, May 24GAME 3: No. 6 Louisiana Tech 9, No. 4 Hawai'i 6 (Hawai'i Eliminated)GAME 4: No. 2 Sacramento State 15, No. 3 Nevada 5 (8)GAME 5: No. 5 Fresno State 15, No. 1 New Mexico State 8
Friday, May 25GAME 6: No. 6 Louisiana Tech 15, No. 1 New Mexico State 12 (NMSU Eliminated)GAME 7: No. 6 Louisiana Tech 18, No. 3 Nevada 5 (Nevada Eliminated)GAME 8: No. 2 Sacramento State 8, No. 5 Fresno State 3
Saturday, May 26GAME 9: No. 5 Fresno State 6, No. 6 Louisiana Tech 4 (LA Tech Eliminated)GAME 10: No. 5 Fresno State 9, No. 2 Sacramento State 6
Sunday, May 27 (If Necessary)GAME 11: No. 5 Fresno State 4, No. 2 Sacramento State 3 (Sacramento State Eliminated)(Fresno State Receives Automatic Bid to NCAA Tournament)
2012 NCAA REGIONAL SITESBaton Rouge, La. -- LSU Chapel Hill, N.C. -- North Carolina Charlottesville, Va. -- Virginia College Station, Texas -- Texas A&M Columbia, S.C. -- South Carolina Coral Gables, Fla. -- Miami (Fla.)Eugene, Ore. -- Oregon Gainesville, Fla. - Florida Gary, Ind. -- Purdue Houston, Texas -- Rice Los Angeles, Calif. -- UCLA Palo Alto, Calif. -- Stanford Raleigh, N.C. -- North Carolina State Tallahassee, Fla. -- Florida State Tucson, Ariz. -- Arizona Waco, Texas -- Baylor
Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics