Penn Baseball Drops Fourth-Straight; Loses to Fresno State, 6-1

Box Score

Fresno, Calif. - Despite amassing eight hits on the night, Penn baseball fell to 2005 Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic host Fresno State, 6-1 at Pete Beiden Field in front of 2,285 boisterous fans. Freshman Nick Francona recorded seven punch outs in his first collegiate start.

Francona, who had pitched a scoreless inning in Penn's (0-4) season opener against Southern Utah, fanned seven Fresno State (9-12) hitters. Through 75 pitches, the rookie had thrown 51 for strikes (68.0 percent).

A pair of runs in the second inning staked the Bulldogs to a 2-0 advantage. Doug Fisterdrove in the runs with a single down the first-base line, scoring Christian Vitters and Ozzie Lewis. Fresno State tacked on runs in the third, fourth, seventh and eighth innings. Vitters, Kent Sakamoto and Nick Moresi all recorded two hits on the night.

Penn cracked the scoreboard in the sixth inning. Alex Blagojevich, who finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored, singled and was later driven in by Matt Horn. Horn also collected a pair of hits for the Quakers, going 2-for-4 at the dish with Penn's lone run batted in.

The Red and Blue's greatest threat came in the eighth when Blagojevich and Nate Moffie, who was 1-for-4 against the Bulldogs, each singled to begin the inning. The pair advanced on base apiece on a wild pitch but were stranded at second and third to end the threat.

Monday, March 7 (Home team listed second)
Penn 0, USF 7
Penn State 6,Monmouth 3
Dallas Baptist 5,Gonzaga 4
Southern Utah 3, Fresno State 5

Thursday, March10 (High seed is home team)
TBA - Blue #4 v.Red #1
TBA - Blue #3 v. Red #2
TBA - Red #4 v. Blue #1
TBA - Red #3 v. Blue #2

Tuesday, March8 (Home team listed second)
Monmouth 5,Dallas Baptist 8
USF 10,Southern Utah 3
Gonzaga 14, Penn State 6
Penn 1,Fresno State 6

Friday, March11 (High seed is home team)
TBA - Blue #2 v.Red #1
TBA -Red #2 v.Blue #1
TBA - Red #4 v. Blue #3
TBA -Blue #4 v.Red #3

Wednesday, March 9 (Home team listed second)
10 a.m. - Dallas Baptist v. Penn State
1 p.m. - Southern Utah v. Penn
4 p.m. - Gonzaga v. Monmouth
7 p.m. - USF v. Fresno State

Saturday, March12 (High seed is home team)
10 a.m. - 7th Place Game
1 p.m. - 5th Place Game
4 p.m. - 3rd Place Game
7 p.m. - Championship Game