Feb. 11, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Fresno State softball team earned its first victory of the 2006 season behind a strong pitching performance from freshman Robin Mackin. The Bulldogs drilled the Wisconsin 11-2, enforcing the mercy rule in five innings. The Bulldogs improved to 1-2 on the year with the victory, while Wisconsin dropped to 1-2.
Mackin was sharp from the first pitch, opening the game by striking out the side. Then in the bottom half of the first, the Bulldogs got on the board with two runs. Freshman infielder Haley Perkins led off the frame with a walk. Freshman outfielder Mallory Perkins advanced Haley Perkins to second with a sacrifice bunt. Senior infielder Christina Clark was then intentionally walked before junior catcher Nicole Willis drilled a ground rule double to center field, scoring Perkins. Clark later scored on a wild pitch.
Wisconsin tied the game in the top of the third when Wisconsin's Joey Daniels lined a two-out single into leftfield, scoring two. But the `Dogs responded fiercely with nine runs in the bottom half of the third. Mackin's one-out single scored Haley Perkins broke the 2-2 tie. Then with two outs, designated player Lindsay Milchovich singled to right, scoring Mackin and Sylvester.
In the bottom of the fourth, Fresno State continued to pound Wisconsin pitching. Clark led off the frame with a single to left. After junior catcher Nicole Willis' pop out to short, Mackin drilled Wisconsin's Megan Smith's pitch over the center field fence to put the `Dogs up by nine.
Mackin finished off the Badgers in the fifth by striking out the last two batters. Mackin (1-1) earned her first collegiate victory, allowing two runs on four hits, with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Wisconsin's Leah Vanevenhoven was given the loss, allowing nine Fresno State runs on seven hits, with three walks and a strikeout.
Fresno State faces the Northwestern Wildcats today, Satruday Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. as the Kajikawa Classic continues.
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