Bulldogs Rally Past Cavaliers to Split Mary Nutter Collegiate Day 2
Feb. 22, 2014
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -The Fresno State softball team (9-4) capped second-day action in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with an 11-10 comeback win over Virginia after a 5-0 loss to No. 25 Texas Saturday afternoon at Big League Dreams Park.
In the afternoon vs. the Cavaliers (2-10), the `Dogs set the table for the win with a one-out double by junior pinch-hitter Taylor Green to left field. Three plays later, freshman pinch-runner Christina Rodriguez came around to score with two outs after singles by senior designated player Kapri Angotti to the shortstop and senior shortstop Brooke Ortiz to right field.
"We found a way to win, and I'm proud of our fight," Fresno State head coach Trisha Ford said. "Our defense also carried us, and Brenna (Moss) made a huge play defensively for us late in the game. Jill (Compton) gave us everything she had and grinded out a win. The game was so back and forth, it felt like three games, so I liked how we stayed with it and continued to put runners on base. Taylor came up clutch at the end, and Brooke sealed it with a great at-bat."
En route to tying its season high in runs, the `Dogs scored two runs in the first, five in the second, two in the fourth, and single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Brazil added a three-run homer in the second inning - the 19th of her career - and moved into a tie for eighth all-time in school history with Courtney Moore, and also tied her career high in RBI (4). In the prior at-bat, Solomon added a RBI sacrifice fly, and the `Dogs' other run in the inning came on a wild pitch.
In the fourth inning, Fresno State added two more runs on a hit by pitch of sophomore second baseman Whitney Smith, Angotti single and two-run Ortiz RBI single.
Solomon scored the `Dogs' next run in the sixth after Solomon's lead-off double bounced off the right center field fence, then advanced on ground-outs the next two at-bats.
At game's end, Ortiz and Moss both went 3-for-5 and tied their career high for hits for the ninth and sixth times in their careers, respectively.
Four other `Dogs also hit safely twice - Solomon (2-for-5, 2 RBI), Brazil (2-for-4), sophomore catcherPaige Gumz (2-for-5) and Angotti (2-for-4), and the latter three enjoyed season highs in hits.
For the Cavaliers, a bulk of their scoring came via a seven-run third inning, along with one run in the second and two in the sixth.
Bulldog sophomore starter Hannah Harris pitched the first two innings, struck out one, walked none, yielded six hits, and all three of her runs allowed were earned.
Sophomore Taylor Langdon relieved her in the third inning, and among the seven batters she faced, she notched one strikeout, walked two, allowed four hits, and all five of her runs allowed were earned.
Compton (5-3) garnered the win in her first relief appearance of the season. The returning All-MW selection struck out two, walked three and surrendered five hits in the final 4.2 innings, and both of her runs allowed were earned.
Virginia starter Aimee Chapedelaine pitched 2.2 innings, struck out one, walked six, gave up eight hits, and four of her seven runs allowed were earned. Lindsay Meyer (0-1) worked the final four innings, struck out two, walked two, allowed eight hits, and all four of her runs allowed were earned.
UVa's Madison Labshere claimed the team's lone homer - a two-run shot to left field in the sixth inning to put Virginia ahead, 10-9.
In the top of the seventh, the Cavaliers threatened to go back ahead after three one-out singles, but Moss threw out the potential go-ahead run on a strike from center field. A play later on a fielder's choice to shortstop, another runner was thrown out at home with similar scoring intentions. Earlier in the game, Gumz also boosted the defense by throwing out her second and third attempted base stealers out of the season (while the other came vs. the Longhorns earlier Saturday).
Immediately beforehand, the returning World Series advancer Longhorns (8-8) held the Bulldogs scoreless for the only the third time this year in the 5-0 decision.
UT scored once in the opening inning after two singles, a walk and sacrifice fly, then twice in the third after a single and two-run homer by Lindsey Stephens.
In the fifth inning, Texas added a run after a double by Stephanie Ceo, followed by a passed ball, wild pitch and sacrifice fly. The `Horns scored in similar fashion in the top of the seventh after a double by All-Region returnee Taylor Thom off the right center field wall, followed by a bunt single and Stephens' sacrifice fly.
In her fourth complete game of the season, Compton struck out six, walked three, allowed seven hits, and all five runs were earned.
Also pitching all seven innings, UT starter Gabby Smith (5-1) ended with four strikeouts, one walk, and one hit allowed en route to her first shutout of the year.
Offensively, four Longhorns hit safely, and two had multiple hits - Thom (2-for-3) and Brejae Washington (3-for-4).
Fresno State's lone hit was a bloop double by Gumz down the left field line to start the third base. Freshman Kierra Willis and Martin also reached via walks in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively.
Looking ahead, the `Dogs cap tourney action vs. LIU Brooklyn and No. 2 Tennessee on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
#25 Texas 5, Fresno State 0 (Feb 22, 2014 at Cathedral City,Calif)
Fresno State 11, Virginia 10 (Feb 22, 2014 at Cathedral City,Calif)
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