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Diamond ‘Dogs fall short in home game against Harvard

The Diamond ‘Dogs abandoned three series in the first round and failed to respond to an 8-2 defeat by Harvard.

The defeat is Fresno State’s fifth in its last six games, with an overall record of 7-10.

This defeat is a cause for concern for a Fresno State team that started the 2021 season with exactly the same record, before a six-game losing streak sealed the season under 5km.

Harvard started the game with three streaks in the first half of the first inning resulting from two errors by Fresno State. One of these errors was a flipping error by catcher Zach Morgan, which resulted in a runner in the second base scoring as soon as the ball entered the dugout.

Bulldog Josh Locke in bat against Harvard on March 15, 2022 at Pete Biden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium. (Melina Kazantzian / The Collegian)

Needed to respond aggressively, second key Andrew Kachel put a single in the center right at “Dogs second in the bat of the game”.

Morgan’s shot on the home side’s selection led him to replace Kassel initially. However, the inning was completed the next day on the bat, after Ivan Luna appeared in the first basic.

Neither team scored in the second inning, despite the fact that Fresno State managed to get a runner to the base through a single Vinny Bologna.

Harvard started the third with a double standing by left-back Ben Rounds. Two on bats later, Rounds scored from another Crimson single, this time by third baseman Logan Bravo.

Now behind four laps, Fresno State managed to get the second from the inning in a flyout in the center of the field. But just as it looked like the Diamond ‘Dogs could get out of the inning with minimal damage, Harvard’s Jake Berger scored a two-row homerun to extend their lead to 6-0.

Once again, Fresno State failed to make its own runs in the second half of the inning, and the three batters flew to their respective Harvard athletes.

Despite not responding to the third inning, the Dogs started the fourth with two straight balls caught out. However, the Crimson once again drew with two outs as second baseman George Cooper doubled to the right and was immediately hit by a single Ben Rounds in the center left.

Bulldog Matt Otino plays in the match against Harvard on March 15, 2022 at Pete Biden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium. (Melina Kazantzian / The Collegian)

After 7-0 at the bottom of the quarter, the Diamond ‘Dogs attack finally comes to life.

Morgan started by throwing a double in the foul line on the left field, followed by an Ivan Luna double in the deep right center field.

These two hits were followed by Josh Lauck who took a walk, leaving the bases loaded without outs for the determined player Tommy Hopfe. Hopf did not disappoint on this clutch opportunity, making a shallow left pitch to hit on a run.

The next day on the bat, Bologna hit a sacrificial fly in the center for the second round of the “Dogs” game, however the inning ended shortly after the second key Payton Allen hit in a double game.

At the end of the fourth inning the score was 7-2, and remained so for the next four inning as both teams struggled offensively. Neither team managed to hit a shot, and the only key player was Fresno State Allen who took a walk in the seventh inning.

In the ninth inning, Harvard added a series of multi-single locks to extend their lead to 8-2.

The “Dogs” showed some signs of life in the last frame, with Luna taking a walk with a Hopfe single that puts runners in the scoring position. Bologna was hit by a field the next day on the bat, leaving the bases full with an out.

However, Allen flew out and was followed by right-back Bobby Blandford, who also flew to the center to end the game.
This is the second consecutive home defeat of Fresno State. However, the “Dogs” want to end the series of defeats as they host Nevada this weekend. The first stadium is set for Friday at 6:05 p.m.

Bulldog Bobby Blandford rounds out the base in the match against Harvard on March 15, 2022 at Pete Biden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium. (Melina Kazantzian / The Collegian)
Bulldog Jacques Morgan arrives at home against Harvard on March 15, 2022 at Pete Biden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium. (Melina Kazantzian / The Collegian)
Diamond ‘Dogs celebrates the progress made by Zach Morgan in the match against Harvard on March 15, 2022 at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium. (Melina Kazantzian / The Collegian)

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