Tatum, Jensen lead Fresno State past Gauchos, 9-2
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — McCarthy Tatum drove in three runs, Zach Presno drove in a pair and Ryan Jensen carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, helping Fresno State earn a 9-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the Stanford Regional on Friday night.
The Bulldogs (39-14-1) meet Stanford in Saturday’s winner’s bracket and the second-seeded Gauchos (45-10) face Sacramento State in an elimination game.
The first four Fresno State hitters singled during a five-run first inning. UCSB starter Ben Brecht retired the first batter he faced in the second and then allowed three straight hits, including a pair of doubles, before he was replaced by Shea Barry.
Andrew Martinez broke up Jensen’s no-hit bid with a two-out double in the sixth. Eric Yang followed with a drive to the deepest part of the field that center fielder Zach Ashford was able to track down.
Jensen (12-1) lost the shutout when Thomas Rowan singled, Armani Smith doubled and Tommy Jew hit a sacrifice fly to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Pinch hitter Christian Kirtley also drove in a run.
Ashford, who went 3 for 4 with a walk and four runs scored, extended his hitting streak to 11 games and is hitting .467 (21 for 45) during that span.
Jensen allowed two runs on four hits over 7 2/3 innings with one walk and eight strikeouts. Carter Bins and Tatum each had three hits for Fresno State.
Brecht (10-2) lasted a season-low 1 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs — four earned — on eight hits.