Feb. 24, 2006
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Led by freshman righthander Robin Mackin and her school record for strikeouts in a seven inning game, the Fresno State softball team shut out Kansas 6-0, Friday at the Palm Springs Classic. Mackin struck out the first nine batters she faced and was nearly untouchable, allowing no runs on one hit, walking two, while striking out 17 batters for a new Fresno State record.
Mackin improved to 6-3 with the win, while Kansas' Serena Settlemier got the loss, falling to 2-3 on the year. Mackin's last three wins as a starter have been three, two and one hit shut outs, respectively. The previous seven inning record for strikeouts was 15, held by both Jamie Southern and Kristen Hunter.
Fresno State was aggressive with the bats from the first pitch in its opening game of the Palm Springs Classic, hosted by Oregon State. Freshman Haley Perkins and sophomore Jenna Cervantez got aboard in the top of the first before senior Christina Clark doubled home Perkins. Then freshman Merryann Barr singled to right driving in Cervantez.
The Bulldogs tallied three runs in the second, ignited by three straight RBI singles from Cervantez, Clark and Barr. Fresno State scored once more in the top of the fifth when junior Shannon Garvin drove in sophomore Kristin Sylvester on a single to center.
Kansas got its first runner aboard with a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth. Two batters later, Stevie Crisosto singled to right, giving the Jayhawks their only hit of the ball game.
Clark and Barr were both 3-for-4 with 2 RBI apiece, and Cervantez and Sylvester both notched two hits for the contest.
Fresno State improved to 7-5 while Kansas fell to 4-6.
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