Moss Lifts `Dogs Past No. 7 UCLA
Feb. 25, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Freshman Brenna Moss hit a two-out triple with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh to break a tie game and give the Fresno State softball team a 6-3 win over No. 7 UCLA on Saturday to close out the Cathedral City Classic.
Moss' clutch hit was her third on the day and it helped the Bulldogs (9-5) snap a 14-game losing streak to the Bruins (10-2).
Fresno State held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth, but UCLA came back to score three runs and tie the game. All three Bruin runs in the sixth came home when there were two outs.
The Bulldogs were able to load the bases up in the seventh with no outs. Bruin pitcher Jessica Hall induced two ground balls to bring Moss up to the plate with two outs.
Moss, who also tripled in her last at-bat with the bases loaded, knew what pitch she was looking for.
"She kept throwing me inside because I was crowding the plate and I just knew she was going to throw me inside again, so I was ready for it and hit it right over the right fielders head," Moss said of her game-winning hit. "I was so excited because I was feeling it and in the moment, I knew it was going to happen."
After losing their three previous games in the Cathedral City Classic, head coach Margie Wright was pleased to see rebound against UCLA and win the game the way they did.
"We talked about it for a long time last night, about the history of our programs and the history of Fresno State softball," Wright said. "If you are down and not playing well, you got to find a way to fight back and be Bulldogs.
"I couldn't be more proud of these guys. It was great to get the early lead and then when they caught up, which they are capable of doing, it was so awesome to come right back and get three runs.,"
Senior pitcher Michelle Moses recorded the win to improve her record to 5-4 on the year. She scattered nine hits in the game and struck out eight, including three in the bottom of the seventh to strand two Bruins on base to end the game.
"I can't say enough about Michelle's last inning, striking out the side like that is incredible," Wright said. "I'm just very proud and I think this gives us a very good place to start moving forward from."
This was Fresno State's first win over the Bruins since they beat then third-ranked UCLA back on March 12, 2000.
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