March 2, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Fresno State softball team rallied for five runs in the fifth inning Saturday night to defeat Utah State 9-6. The Bulldogs (12-9, 0-0 MW) outhit the Aggie 8-6 and are 2-1 at the San Diego Classic I.
"Our team did a good job offensively putting up some runs and staying in the game," said head coach Trisha Ford. "We had some good approaches at the plate and our offense bailed us out."
`Dogs scored right out of the gate after Michelle Solomon hit her first career grand slam. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for the sophomore. The Bulldogs have hit two grand slams this season. Vonnie Martin recorded the first in her first at-bat of 2013. After the first inning, the Bulldogs led 4-0.
"The hitters before Michelle (Solomon) did a great job getting on base," Ford said. "Michelle put a good swing on a good pitch. She had been hitting the ball hard right at people, so it was good to see her come through and collect."
The Aggies got three runs across in the third inning. Center fielder Brenna Moss threw the tying run out at home preserving the `Dogs 4-3 lead. Moss has thrown out two runners at home this weekend.
In the top of the fifth inning, Utah State scored three runs to take a brief 6-4 lead over Fresno State. Fresno State answered in the next half inning by scoring five runs on four hits to take back the lead.
Senior Diane Runge led off the inning with a bunt single. Stesha Brazil followed with a single up the middle. Runge and Brazil executed a double steal perfectly moving both into scoring position. Solomon hit a RBI single driving in her fifth run of the game. Solomon and Brazil both recorded multi-hit game after finishing the night 2-for-4.
The fifth inning continued with freshman Paige Gumz driving in the go ahead run with a two RBI double to right field as the Bulldogs regained the lead 7-6. Infielder Whitney Smith reached base with a sacrifice hit that allowed a Bulldog runner to score. An error on the same play allowed the ninth run of the game cross home plate and the `Dogs led 9-6.
"It was good to see the character and fight we built on in the BYU game show up again," said Ford. "We were able to put together good at-bats when we needed them."
Taylor Langdon worked three innings of relief en route to her fourth win of the season. She allowed only two hits and no runs in her 10th appearance of the year. Langdon is 4-1 on the season with a 1.83 ERA.
The Bulldogs conclude the San Diego Classic I on Sunday, March 3 against San Diego and Long Beach State.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball hits the road again March 1-3 for the San Diego Classic I. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).
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