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Fresno State baseball: Freshmen impress as Bulldogs stay unbeaten

Fresno State continued its historic start Tuesday night, picking up key performances from freshmen Zach Ashford and Edgar Gonzalez en route to a 6-4 nonconference victory against Cal State Bakersfield at Beiden Field.

Ashford, the former Buchanan High star who was The Bee’s 2015 Player of the Year, ignited the Bulldogs’ offense in batting 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Gonzalez, a right-handed pitcher from Newark Memorial High, held the Roadrunners (4-3) to one run in five innings.

And Fresno State extended its record to 9-0 for the Bulldogs’ best beginning since winning 11 straight to start the 1951 season.

Ashford, who a year ago sported a .478 average with just two strikeouts in 113 at-bats at Buchanan, technically did not start Tuesday.

But he entered for listed starting designated hitter Ricky Thomas, a pitcher, in the bottom of the second and laced a single to center for the Bulldogs’ first hit of the night.

Then he stole second base before eventually crossing the plate on a wild pitch for Fresno State’s first run.

The following inning, Ashford drove in two runs with a double down the left-field line.

He also scored in the fifth.

Gonzalez, who was making his third start and has been serving as the Bulldogs’ No. 4 starter, got in and out of trouble each inning. Yet he limited the damage by holding Bakersfield to four hits and did not issue a walk.

Closer Tim Borst also got into a bit of trouble, with runners on first and second during the ninth inning.

But he responded with back-to-back strikeouts to lock up the win and his fifth save.

Fresno State will try to keep its record flawless while going on the road for the first time this season, beginning Mountain West Conference play Friday with a three-game series at San Diego State (1-8).

Going on the road

BASEBALL: FRESNO STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE

Schedule: 6 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday at Tony Gwynn Stadium

Records: Fresno State 9-0, 0-0 MW; San Diego State 1-8, 0-0

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