Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Crazy Weekend in Fresno State Sports

This weekend we had the opportunity to attend a few Fresno State Athletics events, and they turned out to be pretty exciting! And fortunately, I was able to get some video!
First up, we went to the Baseball season opener at Beiden Field on February 19, 2010. We were opening at home against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Nebraska got out to an early lead, and held it throughout the game. Fresno State did battle back a little, but found themselves down 3-5 going into the bottom of the 9th inning. Fresno managed to get a couple of runners on base, when Brennan Gowens hit this double, driving in the tying two runs!

After the double, the game was tied, and we were assured at least getting a chance in extra innings. But up next was Jordan Ribera, who basically said, "Screw extra innings. I wanna go home," and sent this pitch over the right field wall. The two-run walkoff homerun ended the game, allowing Fresno State to start out the season 1-0.

The next night, we headed out to the Save Mart Center to watch the Fresno State Women's Basketball team take on the Nevada Wolfpack. Lots of things on the line in this one. Jaleesa Ross was 3 3-pointers away from setting the school record. Fresno State could clinch the WAC regular season title with a victory. Unfortunately, Ross only hit one 3-pointer, so that record is likely to come at one of the upcoming road games.

This game was pretty similar to the baseball game. Fresno State did not start out hot, and ended the first half down by 12. But The Bulldogs obviously got something figured out at halftime. Rosie Moult scored 14 points in the 2nd half, and the Bulldogs came roaring back to win by 11 against Nevada, clinching the 2010 WAC title in the process! I got this video at the end of the game, capturing a Joh-Teena Filipe 3-pointer, and the end of the game, followed by the band playing the Fresno State Fight Song. Goooooo 'Dogs!

Overall, this was a very exciting sports weekend. I read that Fresno State Baseball beat Nebraska a second time on Saturday. The Fresno State Softball team lost to Illinois at the Stanford Nike Invitational, but then beat UC Riverside. The Baseball team is set to play Nebraska again on Sunday and Monday, and the softball team is scheduled to face Sacramento State and Stanford on Sunday. Should be exciting to see what happens!

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