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Fresno State 17 Rice 5

OMAHA – An offensive explosion of 11 runs by the fourth inning, 13 hits and four homeruns vaulted the Fresno State Bulldogs to a 17-5 win over No.6 National seed Rice in the opening round of the College World Series.

Rice (47-14) is ranked No. 5 ranked in the nation and the Bulldogs have now six wins over teams ranked in the top 11 nationally in their last eight games. Fresno State improved to 6-2 at the NCAA tournament.

The 17 runs were the most allowed by the Owls all season and second most by the Dogs this year. Fresno State beat New Mexico State 24-6 April 20.

“We played aggressive today,” said head coach Mike Batesole, who was named the 2008 National Coach of the Year. “The last thing we wanted to do was to sit back and let the game come to us. Justin (Wilson) pitched great and threw strikes. It was a great battle. We didn’t give any at-bats away, and that’s what it will take to keep this going. There’s a good chance we’ll see Rice and maybe even Ryan Berry again during this tournament.”

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