Reynolds And Bleich Six-Hit Fresno State In Stanford's 3-2 Win

Feb. 24, 2006

Fresno, Calif. - Greg Reynolds and Jeremy Bleich combined on a six-hitter to lead Stanford (8-3) to a season-best fourth straight win in a 3-2 victory at Fresno State (6-7) on Friday night at Beiden Field. Reynolds (1-1) earned his first victory of the season by striking out a career-high 11 batters without issuing a walk, while allowing just one run and five hits over the first 7.2 innings. Bleich (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO) notched his fifth save of the young season by getting the Cardinal out of an eighth inning jam and then holding off the Bulldogs in the ninth.

'It's good to get Greg a win here, because he's pitched well for us,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess.

'It's an honor to pitch on Friday nights on this staff,' added Reynolds. 'I know the ramifications of getting that first win of the series. I like the role. I think I'm establishing myself early in the season that I'm somewhat deserving of the Friday night role. It's been exciting so far.'

Fresno State trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth before Bleich allowed his first run of the season by giving up a triple into the rightcenter field gap to Ozzie Lewis, who would score on Frank LoNigro's sacrifice fly that followed. The Bulldogs managed to get the tying run to second base when pinch-hitter Brian Lappin reached on a two-out, two-base error by Cardinal shortstop Chris Minaker but Bleich retired Erik Wetzel on another ground ball to Minaker to end the game.

'Jeremy's done a great job in some pressure games,' commented Marquess. 'That's his fifth save -- that's pretty good.'

Michael Taylor (3-5, RBI) and Jim Rapoport (2-5, 2B, RBI) had multiple-hit games for Stanford, who outhit Fresno State by an 11-6 count.

Fresno State starter Doug Fister (1-3) took the loss despite limiting the Cardinal to a pair of sixth inning runs and scattering seven hits while walking just one and striking out five. Brandon Burke (3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO) kept the Bulldogs close.

Steve Susdorf accounted for the other Fresno State run with a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth, while Loren Storey (2-4, SB) was the only Fresno State player with more than one hit.

Stanford and Fresno State will continue the three-game series on Saturday and Sunday with the start time scheduled both days at 1:05 pm, PT. Stanford is scheduled to start righthander Matt Manship (0-1, 6.55) against Fresno State lefty Eddie Romero (2-1, 4.37) on Saturday. RHP Andy Underwood (2-1, 1.99) is scheduled to go for the Bulldogs on Sunday, while the Cardinal has not announced a starting pitcher for the series finale.

A full recap will follow.

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