Bulldogs Split Friday Games
March 2, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
SANTEE, Calif. - The Fresno State softball team opened the San Diego State Classic by splitting its two games Friday at the Santee Softball Complex, losing the opener to Cal State Northridge before coming back and defeating host San Diego State.
CSUN used a five-run first inning to beat the `Dogs 8-5 in game one, but Michelle Moses led Fresno State to a 4-1 victory over SDSU by allowing just one hit in her 10th complete game of the season.
"We really didn't appear to show up in the first game. Northridge had nothing to lose and we did not respond," head coach Margie Wright said. "I give [the team] a lot of credit for being able to come back in the night game and beat a really good team."
Moses struck out 10 Aztec batters in the second game to improve her record to 6-4 on the year. Fellow senior Mackenzie Oakes drew the loss in game one to fall to 3-2.
"Michelle pitched a great game and we had six extra-base hits. I think we played the second game like we normally play," Wright said. "The first loss was very disappointing and the second game was a great comeback."
The `Dogs had 21 hits in the two games and four different batters posted three hits. Sophomore Vonnie Martin, starting her first two games of the season, went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI.
Fresno State had a season-high 12 hits in game one, but stranded nine runners on-base in the loss.
Cal State Northridge (2-15) used a five-run first inning and turned three doubles plays to keep the Bulldogs from ever cutting down the gap.
Two of those double plays came to end the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Andrea Ortega lined into a double play with two runners on and then in the sixth, Brazil's sharply hit grounder to third was turned into two outs to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
Moses led the `Dogs in game one by going 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, two runs scored and a walk.
Fresno State started game two with one run in the second and one in the fourth. Sio's ground-rule double plated one in the second and Brazil tripled in a run in the fourth.
Moses didn't give up a hit until the sixth inning of game two. She found her first trouble of the night in that inning, as a leadoff single and then a walk put two runners on base. A throwing error by the Bulldogs allowed one run to score, but Moses got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts before inducing an infield ground out as the Aztecs left the bases loaded.
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