School Benefitting From Fresno State's College World Series Success

June 19, 2008 8:33:23 PM PDT
While the Diamond Dogs have been banging out hits on the field, Fresno State's website has been getting more hits from prospective students around the country. Kids are even swept up in the series success. Pint-sized sluggers at the World of Baseball in north Fresno have drawn inspiration from the Diamond Dogs. 10-year old D.J. Bustamante said "They have been rocking people's worlds."

Bustamante dreams of playing at Beiden Field someday but he knows it will take a lot of hard work. He said "Well it's gonna take a lot of grades, grade point average in school and also I have to have good athletic ability."

Six-year old Cameron Mehia knows the Dogs are winning because they're sticking to the fundamentals like "sliding hitting and throwing."

The Bulldogs' surprise showing in Omaha is helping Fresno State recruit new students. Outreach Counselor Rick Chacon said "A baseball game is a three-hour commercial on a national level."

Chacon added young people around the country have been going on the web to learn more about what the school has to offer. He said "We have more hits, an unusually high spike of hits the last week and a half than usual."

Chacon is especially proud of Bulldog slugger Steve Susdorf for his ability to balance athletics and academics. He said "He's a civil engineer and he has the highest grade point average on the team. He gave up being drafted in the high rounds last year to return and complete his degree."

The bleachers at Beiden sit empty but they'll eventually seat fans for a welcome home rally.

Groundskeeper Mitch Moritz knew this was a special group - based on their ability to come together during rain delays. Moritz said "We had a great feeling this year this was the best team he had put out, Batesole had put out this year just by the way they put out the tarp. It takes leadership. It took the whole team to do it correctly." Moritz says it was clear to the groundskeepers this was a team and not a group of individuals.


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