There is a lot of baseball history at Fresno State’s Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium, which is home to one of two Bulldogs programs to win a national championship, the 2008 Wonderdogs. But vandals made off with some of it and damaged other pieces in a burglary early Saturday morning.
A full accounting of missing items is not expected to be completed until Tuesday, after the Memorial Day holiday weekend. But there were jerseys and equipment missing as well as photos, according to a school official. A computer in the office of coach Mike Batesole was damaged, as was a poster from the 2008 College World Series, where the Bulldogs capped one of the greatest runs in tournament history with a victory over No. 8 Georgia.
The Bulldogs’ national championship trophy was not damaged. “That was the first thing we checked,” said Alejandro Gutierrez, a facilities coordinator in the athletics department.
Beiden Field hosted Central Section championship baseball games on Friday, the last of the night a 4-3 victory by Clovis East over Central in the Division II title game.
Sometime after 2 a.m. security cameras caught four teenage males entering the stadium on the first-base side of the field and making their way to an open door to the Bulldogs’ clubhouse.