Fresno State

Bulldogs headed back to Beiden off first loss of season

Leadoff batter Zach Ashford continued his hot start for Fresno State with a 2-for-4 game Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara. He’s 9 of 18 in five games.
Leadoff batter Zach Ashford continued his hot start for Fresno State with a 2-for-4 game Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara. He’s 9 of 18 in five games. Fresno State Athletics

The Fresno State baseball team lost 7-2 Wednesday afternoon at UC Santa Barbara in the Bulldogs’ only game away from home this month.

The Gauchos scored five in the seventh to break open a close game and hand Fresno State its first loss after a season-opening, four-game sweep of Michigan State.

The Bulldogs sent 13 different batters to the plate and used seven pitchers in classic midweek college baseball fashion.

Fresno State returns home for a four-game weekend series against Houston Baptist beginning Friday night. UC Santa Barbara visits Beiden Field next Wednesday then the Bulldogs begin Mountain West Conference play March 2 with a series at UNLV.

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HOUSTON BAPTIST AT FRESNO STATE

  • Four-game series: 6:05 p.m. Friday, 2:05 and 6:05 p.m. Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Beiden Field
  • Radio: Friday and Sunday games KFIG (AM ESPN 940)
  • Records: Bulldogs 4-1, Huskies 2-2
  • Of note: All weekend, one paid adult admission gets unlimited kids in free. Sunday, all active military and veterans get in free with ID, and scoreboard operator Steve Toon will be honored for his 36 years of service to the program. … Houston Baptist of the Southland Conference lost 2 of 3 last weekend at Baylor then beat Texas Southern on Tuesday. Huskies played in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
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