Fresno State outslugs TCU, 9-6
FRESNO, Calif. (May 4) -- Anthony Acevedo drove in a career-high six runs as Fresno State defeated TCU, 9-6, Thursday at Beiden Field. The Frogs drop to 20-29 overall, 11-13 in Western Athletic Conference play. Fresno State, ranked 22nd by USA Today, improves to 35-15 overall, 15-10 in the WAC.
Acevedo led the Bulldogs with three hits in four at-bats. He drove in two runs in the first on a double, then homered in the fourth and fifth innings, driving in two runs on each home run. Six of Fresno State's 14 hits went for extra bases. Nick Garcia singled four times in five at-bats.
The Frogs scored three runs in the first inning on back-to-back-to back home runs. Levi Groomer homered to right center, Erick Macha then scored on an inside the park home run and Mark Hamilton followed with a home run to right center.
Fresno State responded with two runs in the bottom of the first on two hits, including the double by Acevedo. TCU got both runs back in the second on three hits, including Groomer's second home run of the evening. After Groomer's home run, Fresno State left hander Mike Hernandez entered the game, replacing starter Shawn Hannah. Hernandez kept the Frog bats in control, holding TCU to one run on six hits in 6.1 innings. The lefty raised his record to 5-0 this season. Hans Smith, who replaced Hernandez with two on and no outs in the ninth, retired all three men he faced.
Groomer, Macha and Hamilton combined for eight hits, including the four home runs. Groomer homered twice, doubled and was hit by a pitch, raising his single-season school record total to 23. Macha homered, and singled twice. Hamilton homered, singled and was also hit by a pitch. The rest of the TCU lineup had four hits in 26 at-bats.
TCU starter Chris Bradshaw allowed six runs, five earned on eight hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. Relief pitcher Chris Frazier did not fare much better. Frazier allowed three runs on five hits in 1.1 innings. Chris Osentowski kept TCU in the game, shutting out Fresno State in the final 3.1 innings.
The series will continue on Friday, May 5. First-pitch is scheduled for 9
p.m. central time.