Fresno State Bulldogs

Diamond ‘Dogs ranked 21st in final Baseball America rankings

Fresno State’s baseball squad continue to earn recognition for their conference championship season, finishing 21st in Baseball America’s end-of-season rankings.  

The Fresno State baseball team had its best season in years. The Bulldogs won their first Mountain West Tournament in history, defeating UNLV 12-6 in the final game. 

The college baseball season ended Wednesday with Vanderbilt crowned champions of the College World Series. The Commodores beat Michigan 8-2 in the third and final game of the series. 

Fresno State finished the season with a 40-16-1 record and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012, when they had New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge roaming the outfield. 

The Diamond ‘Dogs were selected as the No. 3 seed in the Stanford Regional, but lost to the host in the championship game. 

Stanford lost to Mississippi State in the NCAA Super Regionals and finishes the season ranked 10th by Baseball America. 

The Bulldogs also placed in three other national end-of-season polls. They were ranked 25th in the D1Baseball Rankings and the Collegiate Baseball Rankings. They also ranked 27th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. 

All of the national rankings were released Thursday with the close of the college baseball season. 

Fresno State had 8 players selected in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Jensen went 27th overall to the Chicago Cubs. 

This was Fresno State’s 35th trip to the NCAA Tournament. 

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.