GAME ONE – #1 FRESNO STATE VS. #6 SACRAMENTO STATE
Fresno State defeated Sacramento State 3-2 in the first round of the WAC Baseball Championship Tournament on Thursday. The Bulldogs struck first blood in the first inning taking a 1-0 lead on a Steve Susdorf RBI single as Grand Hedstrom scored from from second. Sacramento State tied the game up in the fourth inning on a Tim Wheeler single that brought home Gabe Jacobo from second base. The Bulldogs would take the lead back in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring two runs off a Ryan Overland double as Tommy Mendonca and Alan Ahmady both scored on the play. Sacramento State would add one run to bring the Hornets to within one run but that was as close as they would get and Fresno State would hold Sacramento State scoreless over the final two innings. Continue reading
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
WICHITA, Kan. — Bradley Baseball head coach Dewey Kalmer, the winningest coach in Bradley Athletics history, announced his plans for retirement during a postgame press conference after his team’s elimination from the 2008 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Wednesday night at Eck Stadium.
Kalmer’s 29th season at Bradley and his 40th year overall as a head coach ended when the Braves (26-28) dropped a pair of games during Wednesday’s opening day, 14-2 to Creighton in Game 2 and 9-2 to Northern Iowa in Game 3 Wednesday night.
“It’s a great time for me to leave,” Kalmer said during the postgame press conference. “The timing is good for Bradley because I think they should be very competitive next year. The new coach will walk into a team that can compete.” Continue reading
The 2008 WAC tournament gets under way on Thursday, May 22nd in Ruston, LA at J.C. Love Field. The stadium has a 3,500 seat capacity. J.C. Love Field’s dimensions are (left-to-right) 315-370-385-340-325. The outfield wall has been raised to 12 feet from the left-field corner around to right center where it will remain at eight feet from right-center to the right-field line.
The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the mid to high eighties with a 30% to 40% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms over the tournament weekend.
The first round matchups will see 1-seed Fresno State take on 6-seed Sacramento State, 2-seed Hawai’i take on 5-seed New Mexico State and 3-seed Nevada take on 4-seed San Jose State. The games are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All times are CDT.
The 2008 All-Conference teams were announced at the annual WAC postseason awards banquet. Fresno State swept the individual honors as the WAC Player of the Year award went to Fresno State’s Steve Susdorf, WAC Pitcher of the year went to Tanner Scheppers and the WAC Coach of the Year was a tie between Fresno State’s Mike Batesole and San Jose State’s Sam Piraro.
Fresno State at Sacramento State
Fresno State and Sacramento State split their weekend series over the weekend. The Hornets took the opening game on Friday night 9-8 on a walk-off grand slam by freshman Brent Hottman. On Saturday the two teams split the doubleheader with the Hornets picking up game one 4-0 and Fresno State taking game two 6-4. With the 6-4 victory the Bulldogs wrapped up their third straight WAC title. On Sunday the Bulldogs took the series finale 13-6. Continue reading
Baseball America via Jonathan Mayo of MLBlogs.com is reporting that Fresno State ace and potential Top 10 MLB draft pick Tanner Scheppers is out for at least the next six weeks with a stress fracture in his pitching shoulder. Mayo speculates that the Scheppers camp may not be completely forthcoming regarding the injury and that the stress fracture story may be a cover for another, perhaps more serious injury.
Regardless this is a huge blow for both Scheppers and Fresno State who has high hopes of winning the WAC’s conference tournament and the automatic bid into the NCAA regionals.
SERIES OF THE WEEK: FRESNO STATE AT SACRAMENTO STATE (Hornet Field)
Why it’s important: Fresno State controls its own destiny this weekend. The Bulldogs head into the final weekend of the regular season with a one game lead over second place Nevada. If the Bulldogs can win three of four they will likely win the WAC regular season crown. This series could also be a preview of one of next week’s first round matchups in the conference tournament. Continue reading
bleedCrimson.net continues their weekly interviews with New Mexico State head baseball coach Rocky Ward. This week Coach Ward discusses the season ending series with Louisiana Tech as well as coaching for the conference tournament. The full article is available at bleedCrimson.net.
Samuel Wasson is the Co-Founder and Editor of bleedCrimson.net and covers New Mexico State University athletics. He comes to the CBB as our expert on the WAC.
DENVER, CO – Hawai‘i outfielder Brandon Haislet and Fresno State pitcher Jason Breckley have been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for May 5-11. Continue reading
San Jose State at Fresno State
The Fresno State Bulldogs took three of four from the visiting San Jose State Spartans over the weekend. The Bulldogs opened the series with an 11-3 victory on Friday night. Justin Wilson pitched a complete game pitching for the Bulldogs. On Saturday the Bulldogs took both games of the doubleheader rallying in game one for a 9-8 victory and then winning game two of the doubleheader 5-3. On Sunday the Bulldogs and Spartans found themselves in a pitcher’s duel as San Jose State salvaged a win in the series, 2-1.
With the three wins the Bulldogs maintain their spot atop the Western Athletic Conference at 19-9 overall while the Spartans drop to 13-14 in conference play.