No. 12 `Dogs Explode for 12 Runs in Home Opener
Feb. 26, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 12/15 Fresno State softball team couldn't have asked for a better night from the weather, to the crowd to the performance on the field. The Bulldogs got timely hits, great defensive and outstanding pitching in an impressive 12-1 five-inning win over Utah Valley in its home opener on Thursday night at Bulldog Diamond.
"Tonight felt really good," senior Mallory Perkins said. "We needed a big win like this."
Morgan Melloh looked strong in her first inning at Bulldog Diamond of 2009 as she struck out two in the top of the first. Melloh would end with eight strikeouts and now has 518 in her career, just three shy of tying Carie Dever on the all-time career strikeout list at Fresno State at No. 8. She improves to 5-2 in the circle and pitched her sixth complete game of the season.
The Bulldogs then began a night at the plate to remember as Haley Perkins was hit by a pitch and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Haley Gilleland in the bottom of the first. A single by Caitlin Stiglich scored Perkins from second for a 1-0 Bulldog lead.
In the bottom of the second, Nicole Angene would reach on a fielder's choice and Melloh was hit by a pitch. Mallory Perkins then walked on four-straight pitches with one out. A Haley Perkins single would score Angene from third as the `Dogs took a 2-0 lead. An error of UVU's second baseman would allow Melloh to score from third.
Stiglich would then get an RBI as Mallory Perkins scored from third. A Moses triple would score both Haley Perkins and Gilleland and then an error on the Wolverine's shortstop would score Moses as the `Dogs would get six runs in the second and take a 7-0 lead.
Utah Valley would get its first hit of the game with two outs in the top of the third, a double by Meghan Woodworth. A single up the middle by Magan Niemann would put a run on the board for a 7-1 Bulldog lead. Utah Valley would get just that one run the entire night and only two hits off of Melloh.
Utah Valley's starting pitcher Amber Sackett would leave in the bottom of the third after giving up a double to Angene to lead off the inning. Sackett is now 0-3 on the season and allowed eight runs, four earned against the Bulldogs. Amanda Perez would enter the game for the Wolverines in the circle.
Mallory Perkins would double to right center, her first of the season, to score Angene as the `Dogs would go back up by seven at 8-1. Haley Perkins would reach on an error and Mallory Perkins would score from second for a 9-1 lead.
"Coach told us to hit all of the strikes and that's what we did and we put all of our hits together tonight," Mallory Perkins said.
Gilleland walked then Stiglich would reach on an error as Haley Perkins scored for a 10-1 lead. Moses would hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Gilleland to make it 11-1.
Angene would then make it a 12-1 Bulldog lead with her first home run of the season, a solo shot to left field.
Due to the eight-run rule, the game would end in five innings. This was the first run-ruled game in the Bulldog favor this season.
Fresno State had 12 runs on eight hits and no errors. Haley Perkins and Angene led the `Dogs with three runs a piece. Moses had a team-high three RBI's.
Haley Perkins now has 156 career runs to rank her seventh all-time in the Fresno State record books.
"It's a game that boosted our confidence and really got our bats going," Angene said.
A crowd of 1,288 watched the Bulldogs in the home opener and several fans took advantage of the new outfield seating on the berm.
"There was a great crowd tonight so hopefully we can carry that on to our next home games next weekend," Mallory Perkins added.
The Bulldogs travel to Lakewood, Calif., to participate in the Mayfair Tournament on Friday and Saturday hosted by Long Beach State. Live audio and gametracker will be provided for all four games on www.gobulldogs.com.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs travel to Long Beach for the Long Beach State Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, February 28-March 1. The `Dogs' host the Bayer CropScience Classic Thursday-Sunday March 5-8 at Bulldog Diamond. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Bulldog Ticket Office, calling 278-DOGS or online at gobulldogs.com.