Feb. 22, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Despite balls jumping quickly off the bat in the night air, the No. 23 Fresno State softball team out slugged UC Davis in the night cap as the Bulldogs prevailed, 11-7.
With 18 runs scored on 25 hits between the two schools, Fresno State rallied back from a 5-2 deficit after two full innings of play and went on to post nine runs in the final five innings to improve to 4-0 at home.
Fresno State (6-5) utilized three pitchers as senior right-handed pitcher Laura Ferreira picked up a no-decision after throwing the first 1.1 innings and allowing four runs on five hits with two walks.
Freshman right hander Katie Nelson pitched middle relief and notched her first collegiate win. She threw 3.2 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and had two strikeouts.
Freshman right-handed hurler Robin Mackin tossed the final 2.0 innings and walked one while fanning five.
UC Davis (4-7) used two pitchers as starter Stacey Benzing took the loss and fell to 0-2 on the season. She pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 10 runs on nine hits while yielding three walks and striking out one. Lindsay Tognetti tossed the final 3.2 innings and gave up one run on five hits while walking four and striking out five.
On the evening, Fresno State posted season-high marks in hits (14), runs (11) and RBI (10) as four Bulldogs notched multiple hit games.
Freshman third baseman Haley Perkins went 3-5 with two runs, a triple and three RBI. Junior catcher Nichole Willis went 2-5 with two runs, a double and one RBI. Sophomore first baseman Kristin Sylvester had the other three-hit game for the 'Dogs as she went 3-4 with a run and two RBI. Finally, sophomore second baseman Jenna Cervantez went 2-3 with a run and a RBI.
Fresno State busted the game open in the third after trailing 5-2. An eight-run inning showcased two doubles and a triple as the Bulldogs scored their eight runs on seven hits. In the third, Sylvester, freshman right fielder Ashley White, Cervantez, freshman left fielder Kori Sherman, Perkins and junior centerfielder Shannon Garvin each had RBIs for the 'Dogs.
Of special note in this game was Clark being intentionally walked three times. She entered the season ranked No. T13 in intentional passes with eight and now has 11 in her career. On the season, Clark has been walked 14 times.
Fresno State returns to action this weekend at the Palm Springs Classic, Fri.-Sun., Feb. 24-26, at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in Cathedral City, Calif.
The Bulldogs open tournament play Friday against Kansas (10:00 a.m.) and Oklahoma (1:00 p.m.). On Saturday, the 'Dogs square off against Texas (3:00 p.m.) and Texas Tech (8:00 p.m.). On Sun., Feb. 26, Fresno State closes out with Cal Poly (1:00 p.m.).
Fresno State will return home on Wed., March 8, when it hosts St. Francis College in a 6:00 p.m. non-conference doubleheader. Season tickets and single-game tickets can be purchased on line at www.gobulldogs.com or through the Bulldog Ticket Office at (559) 278-3647.
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