IRVINE, Calif.—Daniel Bibona looked magnificent through 3 1/3 innings of the nightcap here at the Irvine Regional. Bibona racked up five strikeouts and had a perfect game going, until BA’s Dave Perkin leaned over to me and said, "I don’t want to jinx him, but he’s got a pretty good game going here."
I’ll bet you can guess what happened on the very next pitch. Yup—Fresno State’s Dusty Robinson launched a solo homer over the scoreboard in left field to put the Bulldogs ahead 1-0. Home runs at night in this park are extremely rare, and that was a no-doubter.
UPDATE: Bibona on Robinson’s homer, after the game: "I made a bad pitch and he hit it very far. Watching it go over the scoreboard, I was impressed. I didn’t think anybody could hit it over the scoreboard at night."
Bibona quickly got back on track, striking out the next two hitters, giving him seven whiffs through four. That changeup is darting like crazy, and Fresno can’t touch it. But Bulldogs freshman righty Derek Benny has held the Anteaters to just one hit through three innings, striking out two.
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