June 9, 2008
Hedstrom's Slam Forces Game 3
ASU strands 12 in 8-6 loss
The State Press
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TEMPE, Ariz. - Not many people picked
Fresno State to emerge from the Long Beach Regional as the No. 4
seed. Even fewer foresaw the Bulldogs making a trip to Omaha.
They will have another chance to silence the
doubters Monday night, after forcing a deciding Game 3 with an
8-6 victory over Arizona State in the NCAA Super Regionals in
“The worm has flipped,” ASU coach Pat Murphy
said. “The pressure is on us now.”
With the Bulldogs on the brink of elimination,
Fresno State coach Mike Batesole had to do some things he
normally wouldn’t have done to help his team earn the victory.
Namely, he had to call on a couple of his bullpen workhorses
earlier than usual.
Fresno State pitcher Brandon Burke starred on the
hill to earn a save of the extra-long variety. He tossed 3.2
scoreless innings against ASU’s robust lineup, allowing two hits
and three walks while striking out four.
“We weren’t going home with any bullets in our
gun,” Batesole said.
The Bulldogs lineup managed its biggest output of
the NCAA Tournament, knocking around ASU starter Josh Satow for
six runs in 3.2 innings of work.
Outfielder Gavin Hedstrom delivered the
game-winning hit in the fourth inning, a grand slam to left
field to give Fresno State a 7-5 lead. Satow was responsible for
the three runners on base that came around to score, though it
was ASU reliever Stephen Sauer who allowed the hit.
“It’s a great booster,” Hedstrom said of the hit.
“We did really well that inning getting guys on base and doing
the right things. When you do that, anything can happen and you
Meanwhile, ASU repeatedly shot itself in the foot
by leaving men on base in crucial situations. The latest of
which happened in the eighth inning, when Fresno State escaped a
bases-loaded jam thanks to a nifty backhanded flick by shortstop
Danny Muno to nab ASU’s Brett Wallace at second base.
In all, the Sun Devils left 12 men on base.
Fresno State outfielder Steve Detwiler started
off the scoring in the second inning with an opposite-field,
two-run shot to right that also plated Alan Ahmady.
ASU would go on to take a 5-2 lead before
Hedstrom’s slam put Fresno State up for good.