Brazil Homers Twice Against No. 7 Missouri
Junior Stesha Brazil hit two home runs against nationally ranked Missouri on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Stesha Brazil hit two home runs against nationally ranked Missouri on Saturday afternoon.

Feb. 16, 2013

Fresno State vs. Missouri

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By Theresa Kurtz

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Fresno State's Stesha Brazil led the `Dogs offense on Saturday after launching two home runs as Bulldog softball lost 11-3 to No. 7 Missouri and 5-2 to UC Santa Barbara. The `Dogs are 6-5 on the season.

Brazil tallied four RBI on her two home runs against the Tigers. The junior tied her career-high of two home runs in a single-game, which she did last year against Butler. She also tied her career best of four RBI in a single-game.

"Although we lost, our intensity and offense is picking up," said Brazil. "We are starting to swing more aggressively, but under control. We have a young team and we are learning more with each game."

The Bulldogs amassed 14 hits on the day with Brazil and Michelle Solomon recording multi-hit games against Missouri and UC Santa Barbara, respectively. Solomon also had a multi-hit game against the Tigers as she went -2-for-2 in both games on Saturday.

UC Santa Barbara scored first in the first inning taking an early 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs scattered six hits against UCSB. Moss opened the day with a single in the first inning and Solomon hit a double to left center in the second inning.

The Gauchos added three more runs in the third inning off a home run to left field increasing their lead 4-0 over the `Dogs. A solo home run in the fifth inning gave the Gauchos a 5-0 lead.

Sophomore Maria Sio drove in two runs for the Bulldogs with a double to the left field fence in the top of the sixth inning. Sio's two RBI double cut the Gauchos lead 5-2 and the rally was cut short as the `Dogs lost to UCSB.

Brazil crushed her third home run of the season in the first inning against Missouri. Brazil's home run gave the `Dogs a 1-0 lead over the nationally ranked Tigers.

Missouri answered in the next half inning scoring the tying run on a solo home run to left field. The Tigers took the lead 5-1 by scoring four runs on four hits in the top of the third inning.

Brazil hit another home run to deep left field in the third inning as the `Dogs trailed the Tigers 5-3. She leads the team with four homers on the year and two against No. 7 Missouri.

The Tigers added a run in fourth inning on a single up the middle, which increased their lead to 6-3 over the Bulldogs. Mizzou's lead grew to 11-3 after scoring five runs on three home runs in the fifth inning.

Fresno State concludes the Gaucho Classic I on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 11:15 a.m. against San Diego.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball heads to Santa Barbara, Calif. for the Gaucho Classic Feb. 15-17. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).



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