Bulldogs Season Opener

February 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Following last year's Cinderella run to a national title...it was only fitting that the diamond dogs would open the season Friday night with a thrilling bottom of the ninth finish.Alumni from last year's championship squad back at Beiden to throw out the game's first pitch.

A sold-out crowd watched the dogs begin their title defense against the University Of Washington.

On the mound, Holden Sprague was dealing. The Bullard high standout worked six innings -- striking out six, but did not factor into the decision.

The dogs trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the 5th, until Jake Johnson stepped to the plate with two runners aboard -- coming thru with a 2-run single to left. Fresno State's first runs of the season -- also gave them the lead.

The game would be tied at 4 in the bottom of the 9th -- with Johnson on third base and one out.

Washington's Brian Pearl on the mound uncorks the wild pitch -- allowing Johnson to score.

Dogs open the season with a walk off wild pitch.



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