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Fresno State Wins WAC Tournament Title
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In a battle for the WAC Tournament title, the Fresno State Bulldogs capped off a 17-4 victory against the Nevada Wolf Pack Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park. This WAC Tournament Championship is the first back-to-back for Fresno State in Bulldog history.

The last team to win back-to-back WAC Tournaments was Rice in 1998 and 1999. There was no WAC Tournament Champion from 2000-05. Rice also won the tournament in 1997.

Brian Lapin had a well rested night going 3-for-4 with three home runs and seven RBI. Senior Brandon Miller earned the start on the mound throwing five innings allowing two runs on six hits. He also struck out three.

The fans were expecting a big beginning bang and that they received in the first five minutes of the game with a close play at home plate. Erik Wetzel started the first inning off with a single up the middle and tried to advance home to score the first run for the Bulldogs when Loren Storey doubled to right center but was thrown out on the play. With Storey on third Brian Lapin would hit his third home run of the tournament to get the Bulldogs on the board at 2-0.

Nevada scored one run in the bottom of the first inning with runners on the corners and an error on the Bulldogs at 2-1.

In the top of the second inning Fresno State scored one run with three consecutive hits and another on a ground out from Todd Sandell at 4-1. In the next at bat Lapin would hit his fourth home run of the tournament bringing a total of three to the plate at 7-1. Nevada scored one run in the bottom of the second on two hits and one error at 7-2.

To make it 8-2 Sandell grabbed a single to center field but was thrown out at second trying to stretch the play scoring Mendonca from third.

Fresno State put two more runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning when Lapin knocked out his ninth home run of the season.

The Bulldogs added six insurance runs in the top of the seventh through five hits at 16-2. The last run for the Bulldogs scored in the top of the eighth inning at 17-2.

Lapin tied the most home runs in a game in the WAC Tournament with three held by Mario Monico from Hawaii dating back to 1985. He also tied the most home runs in a series with five held by Robert Fick from Cal State Northridge in 1996 and Mario Monico from Hawaii in 1985. Lapin had a total of 14 RBI in the tournament series. He was one shy of tying the record at 15 held by Robert Fick.

On the day Alan Ahmady went 3-for-5 with three singles and two RBI. Tommy Mendonca went 3-for-4 with two singles, one double, one RBI and Danny Grubb went 2-for-3 with two singles and one walk. The Bulldogs had 17 runs which was the most scored this season in a single game. Fresno State also had 18 hits two shy of most hits in a game this season.

Now heading into the NCAA regional the Bulldogs will wait to view bracket information and an entire 64-team field announced on Monday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Road to Omaha show).

2007 WAC Baseball All-Tournament Team
C-Landon Hernandez, Hawai‘i
1B-Ryan Angel, San Jose State
2B-David Ciarlo, Nevada
SS-Kyle Bellows, San Jose State
3B-Jason Rodriguez, Nevada
OF-Brian Lapin, Fresno State
OF-Loren Storey, Fresno State
OF-Kevin Macdonald, Hawai‘i
DH-Shaun Kort, Nevada
SP-Clayton Allison, Fresno State
RP-Matt Renfree, Nevada

Most Valuable Player
Brian Lapin, OF, Fresno State (tied two WAC Tournament records with three home runs in a game and five in the series)

2007 WAC Baseball Tournament Schedule
Thursday, May 24
Game 1-#1 Fresno State 10, #6 Sacramento State 2
Photos | Fresno State post game audio (Batesole, Allison, Lapin)
Live Stats Box Score Recap
Game 3-#4 San Jose State 11, #3 Louisiana Tech 1 (7)
Photos | San Jose State post game audio (Piraro, Angel, McKimmy)
Live Stats Box Score Recap
Game 2-#2 Nevada 11, #5 Hawai‘i 1 (7)
Photos
Nevada post game audio (Powers, Rodriguez, Sadoian)
Hawai'i post game audio (Trapasso)
Live Stats Box Score Recap
Friday, May 25
Game 4-#5 Hawai‘i 19, #6 Sacramento State 7 (7)
Photos | Hawai‘i post game audio (Trapasso, Christensen, Hernandez)
Live Stats Box Score Recap

Game 5-#1 Fresno State 4, #3 Louisiana Tech 2
Photos | Fresno State post game audio (Batesole, Wetzel, Susdorf)

Live Stats Box Score Recap
Game 6-#4 San Jose State 5, #2 Nevada 1
San Jose State post game audio (Piraro, McKimmy)
Nevada post game audio (Powers, Scurry, Schmidt)
Live Stats Box Score Recap
Saturday, May 26
Game 7-#1 Fresno State 6, #4 San Jose State 2
Fresno State post game audio (Batesole, Lapin, Scheppers)
San Jose State post game audio (Piraro)
Live Stats Box Score Recap
Game 8-#2 Nevada 8, #5 Hawai‘i 6 (11)
Photos | Hawai‘i post game audio (Trapasso, Kramer, Hernandez)
Live Stats Box Score Recap
Game 9-#2 Nevada 11, #4 San Jose State 9
Nevada post game audio (Powers, Renfree, Rodriguez)
Live Stats Box Score Recap
Sunday, May 27
Game 10-#1 Fresno State 17, #2 Nevada 4
Photos | Fresno State post game audio (Batesole, Lapin)
Live Stats Box Score Recap

Saturday's Games
Fresno State 6, San Jose State 2
Fresno State (35-27) beat the No. 4 seed San Jose State (34-25) by a 6-2 score in the seventh game of the week Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park. With San Jose State on a roll winning its past seven of its last eight Fresno State wanted to make sure the Spartans would not find a way to come out with a victory and Tanner Scheppers did just that. Scheppers threw a season high seven and two-thirds allowing six hits on one run. He had nine strikeouts, two shy of a season high. Fresno State scored its first run in the top of the first inning when Brian Lapin doubled to right center bringing in Loren Storey. Storey started the inning off with a single beating the throw out from the shortstop. He advanced to second on his 21st stolen base of the year. With two outs and runners on first and second San Jose scored its only run tying the game up in the bottom of the fourth inning on a hit and run. The Bulldogs found their way out of the inning on a ground out. In the top of the fifth inning Fresno State brought rain scoring four runs. The first run came in on a sacrifice fly from Erik Wetzel and the second on a single from Loren Storey. Brian Lapin put the Bulldogs up by four at 5-1 with a two run homer over the left field wall. On the day Brian Lapin went 2-for-4 with a double and a two run homer tallying three RBI. Senior Loren Storey went 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk and one RBI.

Nevada 8, Hawai‘i 6 (11)
The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (34-25) fell to the Nevada Wolf Pack (34-25) 8-6 in 11 innnings in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at Peccole Park Saturday. Jayson Kramer (3-4) pitched a great game, allowing two runs on five hits in a career-long 7.1 innings, but took the loss. Matt Renfree (5-0) got the win for Nevada. Landon Hernandez led the way for UH offensively, going 2-for-5 with a two-run home run. Kevin Macdonald also was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Justin Frash added a 1-for-5 game with a run and one RBI. Brandon Haislet was also 1-for-5 with one RBI. The Wolf Pack jumped on Hawai`i early, scoring three runs in the second inning and two in the third to go ahead 5-0. Nevada added another run in the top of the fifth before UH started to make their run. In the bottom of the sixth, Frash opened the Rainbow scoring, singling in a run. Macdonald later hit a two-run single with Haislet driving in another run, cutting the Hawai`i deficit back to 6-4. That was how it would stay until the bottom of the ninth, when Hernandez extended the game with a two-run homer to left field, tying the game at 6-6. After a scoreless 10th inning, Kramer opened the 11th by hitting the leadoff batter. The sophomore was then taken out before Nevada posted two runs, putting the Pack ahead 8-6. Jorge Franco and Hernandez had back-to-back singles to give the 'Bows runners on first and second with just one out. But Nevada was able to enduce a double play, ending the game at 8-6.

Nevada 11, San Jose State 9
The University of Nevada (35-25) baseball team held on to defeat San Jose State (34-26) 11-9. SJSU collected four hits in the top of the second inning and scored three runs to take a 3-0 lead.  Three different Spartan hitters drove in a run in the big inning.  In the bottom of the inning Nevada exploded for six runs on five hits to move in front 6-3.  Third baseman Jason Rodriguez delivered the big hit with a bases clearing double. Nevada was unable to hold the lead long as the Spartans got a two-run homer from shortstop Kyle Bellows and a solo shot from designated hitter Brody Massman in the top of the third inning to tie the game at 6-6.  The Pack went on top for good scoring two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Two SJSU errors led to Nevada scoring the two runs to go in front 8-6. Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Pack led 10-6.  The Spartans got an RBI double from outfielder Chris Balatico in the top of the sixth to make it a three-run game at 10-7.  In the eighth the Wolf Pack got an insurance run courtesy of the Spartans fifth error of the night. Reliever Mario Rivera who entered the game in the third inning retired the first hitter in the top of the ninth but back to back home runs by first baseman Ryan Angel and Bellows closed the gap to 11-9 and chased him from the game.  Matt Renfree who won the Pack’s first elimination game of the day came out of the bullpen and allowed a double to the first batter he faced which brought the tying run to the plate.  Renfree caught the next two Spartan hitters looking to end the game and earn his third save of the season.

Friday's Games
Hawai‘i 19, Sacramento State 7
The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (34-24) defeated the Sacramento State Hornets (17-40) 19-7 in an elimination game at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Friday. The game was called after seven innings due to the tournament's 10-run rule. Cameron Wheeler (1-0) pitched 3.2 innings of relief to get the win while Alvaro Orozco (5-6) got the loss for the Hornets. Elijah Christensen led the way, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, four runs and a home run. Landon Hernandez added a 2-for-4 game with five RBI, a double and a home run. Kevin Macdonald was 3-for-5 with four RBI, two runs and a double while Jonathan Hee went 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI. Vinnie Catricala was 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run while Kris Sanchez was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs. Brandon Haislet also had a good game, going 2-for-4 with three runs. After Sanchez singled in a run in the first inning, the Rainbow bats caught fire, posting nine runs in the second inning. Hee started it off with a RBI-single, followed by a two-run single by Christensen. Sanchez then drove in a run before Macdonald had a two-run single, making it 7-0. Catricala drove in another run with Hernandez adding a two-run double to get it to 10-0. The Hornets put up two runs in the bottom of the second only to see a four-run inning by the 'Bows, highlighted by a two-run double by Macdonald, in the top of hte third make it 14-2. Christensen added his two-run home run in the fourth with Hernandez making the final strike, a three-run homer in the seventh, getting UH out of the game with the 19-7 win in seven innings.

Fresno State 4, Louisiana Tech 2
The Louisiana Tech baseball team could not rally late against Fresno State in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and lost 4-2 to have its season come to an end. Tech took a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth only to see it disappear in the bottom half. The game was a pitchers’ duel all the way through and the first of the tournament to not be a blow out. Three of the first four games of the tournament were decided by the 10-run rule in the seventh inning. Starting pitchers Ryan Rupert for Tech and Justin Wilson for Fresno State both threw gems for their respective teams. It was a matter of which team would take advantage of mistakes best for the win. Tech (35-24) caught the first break and took advantage of mistakes in the sixth inning when Nick Grunenwald singled with one out. Third baseman Chris Kersten doubled over the center fielder’s head to plate Grunenwald and score the first run of the game. Kersten advanced to third on the throw home and later scored on a wild pitch to give Tech the 2-0 lead and momentum. Tech’s lead was short-lived, however, as Fresno State (34-27) capitalized on two mistakes by Rupert. All-WAC first team second baseman Erik Wetzel hit his first home run of the season to lead the bottom of the sixth and cut the lead to one run. Steve Susdorf hit his 12th of the year, a two-run blast, to take the lead. Fresno State added another run in the seventh and was able to hold off threats from Tech in the eighth and ninth innings. Rupert (5-4) threw 6.1 innings and allowed seven hits. He was credited with all four runs, three earned, walked one and struck out eight Fresno State batters. Wilson (8-5) threw six innings and gave up two runs, both earned, on six hits. He walked three and struck out five. Brandon Burke recorded his fifth save throwing three scoreless innings and giving up three hits.

San Jose State 5, Nevada 1
San Jose State University got a stellar effort on the mound out of a trio of senior right-handers, led by San Jose native Steven Vidal in a starting role, in handing the host University of Nevada a 5-1 defeat on day two of the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament at Peccole Park on Friday, May 25. With its seventh win in its last eight games, San Jose State improves to 34-24 overall. Nevada, which came into the game with a 22-6 home record for 2007, drops to 33-25 and into the loser’s bracket. The Spartans had lost four out of six meetings between the teams during the regular season, including all three games in Reno, April 13-15. They met three times in San Jose just last week, May 18-20, with San Jose State taking the first two.  Second-seeded Nevada jumped on top in the opening inning, batting first as the designated visiting team. Vidal, out of Prospect High School and Mission College, got the first two outs without a problem on a groundout and a strikeout, before three straight singles made it a 1-0 game, as senior DH Baker Krukow drove in freshman first baseman Shaun Kort after the WAC “Freshman of the Year” had blooped a single over the infield to right field on a 3-2 count to start the rally. Vidal then walked junior leftfielder Terry Walsh to load the bases, but avoided further damage thanks to some defensive heroics by his teammates behind him, as junior second baseman Marcus McKimmy ranged to his right to track junior rightfielder Mike Hale’s grounder up the middle and made the short toss in time to freshman shortstop Kyle Bellows at the second base bag to end the inning. The Spartans exploded for four runs, all unearned due to a pair of Nevada errors, in their half of the second, the big blow a two-run home run over the left field wall by McKimmy to make it 4-1.

Thursday's Games
Fresno State 10, Sacramento State 2
To begin WAC Tournament play the No. 1 seed Fresno State (32-27, 17-7) Bulldogs took care of business in day one defeating No. 6 seed Sacramento State (17-38, 10-14) by a 10-2 score Thursday afternoon at Peccole Park. Right hander second team all-WAC Clayton Allison threw his first complete game allowing just two runs on six hits and marking six strikeouts. The Bulldogs began the game down 1-0 in the top of the second to the Hornets but scored 4 runs in the bottom of the inning on four hits. To highlight the inning Erik Wetzel hit a deep left field ball back to the warning track scoring two runs. To cut the lead in half Sacramento State scored one run in the top of the seventh on a home run by Gabe Jacobo at 4-2. Brian Lapin and the Bulldogs put the game out of reach with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning by clearing the bases with a grand slam to left field giving the Bulldogs a six run lead at 8-2. It was Lapin's fifth home run of the season and first grand slam. Ozzie Lewis brought the ninth runner to home on a triple to right center. The last run of the game floated home when Steve Detwiler knocked a ground ball through the right side scoring David Hernandez.

San Jose State 11, Louisiana Tech 1
San Jose State University put together arguably its most complete performance of the season, combining solid starting pitching by Scott Sobczak, early-and-often offense and several stellar defensive plays in defeating Louisiana Tech University, 11-1, to begin play at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament. The result was official following seven complete innings, as the WAC Tournament features a 10-run rule in this year’s installment. In improving to 33-24 on the year, San Jose State notches its first WAC Tournament victory since a 14-3 win over Texas Christian University on May 20, 1999, in Fresno, Calif. Louisiana Tech drops to 35-23 overall and falls into the loser’s bracket. Junior second baseman Marcus McKimmy started things off by drawing a seven-pitch walk off of sophomore right-hander Luke Burnett. Senior leftfielder Chris Balatico then hammered a double into the gap in right center to score McKimmy with the game’s first run. After a single through the infield by senior rightfielder Donato Giovanatto to extend his hit streak to seven, Burnett got freshman shortstop Kyle Bellows swinging and induced a 4-6-3 double play out of senior DH Greg Fyfe, to hold the damage at just one run. The Spartans added a single run in the second as senior first baseman Ryan Angel began the frame with a single, advanced to second on junior centerfielder Brian Yocke’s seventh sacrifice hit of 2007, then to third on a groundout by junior third baseman Sonny Garza, and came home as senior catcher Justin Santich-Hughes reached on what was ruled an error on a grounder up the middle that Bulldog shortstop Dennis Winn was unable to handle cleanly. San Jose State then brought nine men to the plate in scoring three more times in both the third and fourth innings. Sobczak (6-2) allowed one run on six hits over 7.0 innings. He walked one and struck out a pair in earning his team-best sixth win of 2007. It was his second complete game.

Nevada 11, Hawai‘i 1
The University of Nevada(33-24) baseball won its first game of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament defeating Hawai`i(33-24) 11-1 in seven innings under the tournaments 10-run rule after seven innings of play at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev.  With the victory the Wolf Pack improved to 33-24 while the Rainbows dropped to 33-24. UH score a run in the top of the second on two hits to take a 1-0 advantage.  First baseman Kris Sanchez singled and moved to second on a sacrifice fly.  A bunt single by center fielder Brandon Haislet put runners on the corners for designated hitter Vinnie Catricala.  Catricala struck out and catcher Landon Hernandez stepped to the plate.  A double steal allowed Sanchez to score and Haislet moved all the way around to third on a throwing error by Pack catcher Konrad Schmidt.  Hernandez grounded out to shot to end the inning but the Rainbows led 1-0 but that would be all the scoring for UH on the night. Nevada scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning on two hits to take the lead.  Designated hitter Terry Walsh reached on an error to start the inning and right fielder Dan Eastham followed with a single.  A bunt by left fielder Matt Suleski moved both runners into scoring position for shortstop Chris Siewert.  Siewert was hit by pitch to load the bases and second baseman David Ciarlo stepped to the plate.  Ciarlo grounded to third base to drive home the tying run.  Center fielder Jason Sadoian then delivered the big blow hitting a three-run homer over the left center field fence to put the Pack on top 4-1.  It was Sadoian's first home run of the season and at Nevada for the first-year player. In the top of the sixth inning Jason Rodriguez and first baseman Shaun Kort hit back to back home runs to lead off the inning which gave Nevada the 10-run cushion it needed to end the game early. Ryan Rodriguez(9-6), the WAC Pitcher of the Year, tossed a complete game to earn his ninth win of the season.  Rodriguez allowed one run on six hits and struck out seven to bring his season total to 106 which is the fourth best single season in school history.


Tickets for the tournament may be purchased by calling the Nevada ticket office at 348-PACK(7225) or stopping by the ticket office located on the lower level of Legacy Hall.

Fans may purchase single day or all-tournament tickets.  Single day passes start at $5 for general admission tickets for students, children under 12, and seniors over 65.  Adult single day general admission tickets may be purchased for $10, reserved single day tickets are $12, and single day reserved seats behind home plate are $15.

All-tournament general admission tickets for students, children under 12, and seniors over 65 are $10.  Adult general admission all-tournament passes are $20, reserved seats $35, and home plate reserved $40.

Ticket Prices All-Tournament Single Day
Home Plate Reserved

$40

$15

Reserved (Sections 2-9)

$35

$12

Adult General Admission

$20

$10

General Admission
 Student(w/ID), Child (12 & under)
 Senior (65 and older)

$10

$5

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