Feb. 19, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State senior pitcher Mackenzie Oakes threw a no-hitter in a 8-0, six-inning victory over Cal State Fullerton and then the Bulldog softball team posted their fourth-straight shutout with a 8-0 win over Santa Clara in five on Sunday at Bulldog Diamond.
Oakes' no-hitter was the third of her career and the 66th in Fresno State history. Her performance came after a solid outing against Santa Clara on Saturday when she took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and only allowed two hits in the 7-0 win.
"I can't say enough about her performance, she did a really great job," head coach Margie Wright said. "She just kept them off balance mixing in and out and her pitches that she needed, she hit the spot every time."
On Sunday, Oakes (3-0) struck out four and walked just one against the Fullerton. She induced 14 ground-ball outs, six that came right back to her in the circle, and not one ball reached the outfield in her flawless performance.
"It was just a great team win, the defense played amazing and we obviously scored a lot of runs," Oakes said. "I was just trying to make the ball move, keep it low and get the infield a lot of ground balls."
This was the second-straight day the Bulldogs shut out both Santa Clara and Cal State Fullerton and they improve to 7-2 on the year with the four wins over the weekend. The last time Fresno State had four consecutive shutouts was from May 1-8, 2009.
"They're playing some good softball right now and that's good to see," Wright said.
Fellow senior Michelle Moses (3-2) drew the start in the second game. One day after giving up just one hit and striking out 13 against Cal State Fullerton, she came back Sunday and had a three-hit, seven-strikeout performance to beat Santa Clara.
"They're both great pitchers and have really been doing a great job in the circle," Wright said of her two seniors. "To continue that, especially going down to Palm Springs [next weekend], would be awesome."
Offensively, Fresno State combined for 18 hits in the two games and eight runs apiece in the pair of run-rule victories.
"We've been trying to find the right combination in our lineup and today the lineups we used really worked," Wright said.
Senior Andrea Ortega and freshman Brenna Moss led the team as each had four hits on the day. Moss ended game two with a bases loaded triple that she scored on as well when she snuck home from third when the Broncos were slow getting the ball back into the infield.
Fresno State had six different players drive in runs on Sunday. Senior Kaitlin Griffin led the group, as she had four RBIs and was able to extend her hitting streak to seven games. That matches the longest hitting streak from the entire 2011 season.
Freshman Michelle Solomon had three RBIs on the day and hit one of four Bulldog doubles.
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