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Fresno State baseball: Sweep pushes ’Dogs to 7-0, program win No. 2,501

The Fresno State baseball team notched win No. 2,500 in program history Saturday.

Just for good measure, the Bulldogs also secured No. 2,501.

Fresno State continued its perfect start by sweeping Youngstown State 11-0 and 6-5 in a nonconference doubleheader at Beiden Field, extending the Bulldogs’ record to 7-0.

The first win came much easier than the second. After junior right-hander Jimmy Lambert pitched a complete-game three-hitter in Game 1, Fresno State weathered a late Penguins rally in Game 2.

Tim Borst squelched the eighth-inning uprising by fanning the final two batters of the inning after Youngstown State scored four runs off freshmen Kenny Varnell and Ryan Sullivan, who were making their college debuts. Borst retired the side in order in the ninth for his fourth save.

Youngstown State took a 1-0 lead in the fourth off Bulldogs reliever Rickey Ramirez, the third of seven pitchers used by coach Mike Batesole, but Fresno State came back with three in the bottom half. Ross Dodds’ double down the left-field line scored McCarthy Tatum and Aaron Arruda, and Dodds came around on Ryan Dobson’s RBI single.

In Game 1 the Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead by batting around in the first. Brody Russell started the scoring with an RBI single, Tatum got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the second run, and Nick Warren’s sacrifice fly brought home the third run.

Warren scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0 in the fifth before pinch hitter Torin Goldstein broke the game open with a chopper through the infield that drove in two runs.

Three coaches – Pete Beiden (601), Bob Bennett (1,302) and Batesole (448) – have combined for 2,351 of the program’s 2,501 victories.

Sophomore Ricky Thomas (2-0) pitched Fresno State to an 8-3 victory in Friday’s opener by tossing six innings of one-hit ball and striking out a career-high 11. All three runs charged against the left-hander were unearned.

Kevin Viers and Joe Prior had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs, including back-to-back run-scoring hits in the seventh to cap the scoring. Prior also got Fresno State on the board with a double that scored Viers from second.

Junior right-hander Mark Reece closed the game, giving up one hit and striking out four over the final three innings. Reese and Thomas combined for 15 strikeouts.

Following Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. series finale, the Bulldogs host Cal State Bakersfield at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday to complete the nine-game homestand.

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