Feb. 26, 2006
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The No. 23 Fresno State softball team was defeated 9-4 by Cal Poly, Sunday at the Palm Springs Classic. The Bulldogs led most of the way before the Mustangs tied, then took the lead with a six-run sixth inning. Fresno State finished the tournament at 3-2 and heads home with a 9-7 overall record. Cal Poly reliever Jenna Maiden was awarded the win, while freshman Robin Mackin got the loss.
Freshman Haley Perkins put the Bulldogs ahead early with a leadoff home run to right in the top of the first. Mackin followed the opening frame by striking out the side in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the fourth, sophomore Kristin Sylvester laced a one-out double down the left field line. Senior Katrina Jacques entered as a pinch runner for Sylvester and one out later, Mackin doubled to right center to put the `Dogs up 2-0.
Junior Shannon Garvin led off the fifth with a single up the middle. She advanced to second on a Perkins ground out to third base. Then senior Christina Clark roped a two-out double to the left field fence, scoring Garvin from second and increasing Fresno State's lead.
The Mustangs responded in the bottom of the fifth with three runs of their own. Ignited by Jackie Gehrke-Jones' two-run triple, Cal Poly cut Fresno State's lead down to 3-2. Then Lisa Modglin singled to right, driving in Gehrke-Jones and tying the score at three runs apiece.
Fresno State tacked on a run in the top of the sixth when Sylvester hit a solo homer to left off of Cal Poly reliever Jenna Maiden. But Cal Poly answered with six runs in the bottom half of the frame, keyed by Modglin's three run homer to right center.
The Bulldogs return to action when they head to San Diego, Calif., for the Aztec Classic, March 3-5.
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