Feb. 14, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - The 17th-ranked Fresno State softball team was able to complete a doubleheader sweep over Pacific due to the late heroics of freshman pitcher/designated player Robin Mackin.
Trailing 5-3 going into the bottom of the sixth, Fresno State responded with a three-run frame to take two from the Tigers.
The Bulldogs were potent in the middle of their lineup, going a collective 7-14 with five runs and four RBI.
Freshman third baseman Haley Perkins led the sixth off with a hit by pitch. Advancing to second on a passed ball, sophomore second baseman Jenna Cervantez grounded out before junior shortstop Christina Clark drew a walk. Junior catcher Nichole Willis singled to right center to score Perkins and get the `Dogs within one at 5-4. Advancing to second on the throw with Clark moving to third, Clark would score on a wild pitch to knot the game at 5-5 with Mackin at the plate. With Willis on third, Mackin singled to right field for the go ahead run for Fresno State.
In the circle, seven pitchers were used by both teams collectively. Freshman Katie Nelson got the starting nod for Fresno State and pitched 1.1 innings. Senior Laura Ferreira pitched the next 3.0 innings in middle relief. Mackin threw the final 2.2 innings and recorded her second win on the day to improve to 4-1 overall.
Pacific (2-2) jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead before going up by two with a 5-3 lead after four full innings of play. The Tigers would utilize four pitchers in the night cap. With Briana Santos and Alyce Jorgensen each throwing one inning a piece, Chelsea Engle tossed 3.0 innings before Kristen Allen came in for the final two outs. Engle took the loss and dropped to 1-1.
Fresno State will travel to No. 2 UCLA this weekend for single games on Sat., Feb. 18, 2:00 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 19, 1:00 p.m. Both games can be heard live on ESPN 1430 AM.
Fresno State returns home on Wed., Feb. 22, when the Bulldogs host UC Davis in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 6:00 p.m. Season and single-game tickets can be purchased on-line at www.gobulldogs.com or at the Bulldog Ticket Office, by calling (559) 278-3647.
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