Wonderdogs 2.0? Diamond ‘Dogs capture MW crown

Fresno State heads to its first NCAA regional tournament in five years and first under head coach Ryan Overland.

The Fresno State Diamond Dogs won the Mountain West Championship in a high-scoring final game against San Jose State, with a score of 16-11.

Murf Gray was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, with an impressive batting record of 11-for-21, seven RBIs, and eight runs scored.


Driving the win: Tyler Davis and Justin Stransky were the top performers for Fresno State, both going 3-for-5 with four RBIs.

  • Gray, Acosta, Stransky, Beal, Hopfe, and Riding were named to the All-Tournament Team.
  • Fresno State’s offense got off to a strong start, with multiple players hitting home runs and driving in runs.
  • Jaykob Acosta was instrumental in shutting down the San Jose State offense, striking out seven and allowing only one run in relief.
  • Fresno State’s pitching staff set a tournament record of 67 strikeouts, with Acosta, Dixon, and Beal accounting for 12 each.
  • Fresno State’s five doubles tied the tournament record, with Murf Gray leading the team in RBIs with eight.
  • The team’s offensive performance in the final game was impressive, scoring 16 runs, the most in a Mountain West championship-clinching win since 2012.
  • Fresno State’s victory secured their second MW tournament title in program history and their first since 2019.

What’s next: Sunday, the Diamond ‘Dogs were selected to compete in the Santa Barbara Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament as the four seed, facing top-seeded UC Santa Barbara in their first game.

  • This is Fresno State’s first regional appearance under Head Coach Ryan Overland.
  • Fresno State will take on UC Santa Barbara at 9 p.m. on Friday, with coverage streaming on ESPN+.
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