June 16, 2008
Bulldogs, Synonymous with
Fresno State doesn't mind the monicker
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – They don’t mind being
Fresno State has been on the road since mid-May.
Since winning their third consecutive WAC title on May 25, the
Bulldogs have been underdogs.
FS was the four-seed in the Long Beach Regional.
The Bulldogs beat the host Dirtbags and then beat No. 2 San
Diego twice to take the title, just the second four-seed to win
The Bulldogs advanced to the Tempe Super Regional
to face Arizona State, the No. 3 national seed. After dropping
the opener, FS won the final two games to return to Omaha for
the first time since 1991.
Fresno State kept it going in its first CWS game,
throttling No. 6 Rice 17-5.
“This is our fifth week in a row on the road,”
said FS head coach Mike Batesole, “and each week has gotten a
little bit more difficult. Beating Long Beach in Long Beach
might have been the toughest one of all of them, and then
getting a great USD staff there also. Tempe is a tough place to
play. We’ve seen some great pitching the last couple weeks.”
The players don’t mind being underdogs.
“I think that’s been a big part of what’s gotten
us this far,” said Bulldog junior Gavin Hedstrom. “As far as
being an underdog, I think that’s almost an advantage. We love
proving that we’re better than everybody says we are. That’s
really, really helped us from the start.”
Even the fans have embraced it. One t-shirt said
“From Underdogs to Wonderdogs.”