No. 23 Dogs Defeat Two MWC Foes on Day 1
March 4, 2011
21st Annual Campbell/Cartier Classic Day 1 Results
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - On day one of the Campbell/Cartier Classic, No. 23 Fresno State went 2-0 with a 2-1 win over San Diego State and a 7-3 victory over BYU on Friday in San Diego.
No. 23 Fresno State improved to 8-1 on the season and earned its 1498th and 1499th all-time victories.
"We played very well against BYU and did a great job tonight in beating San Diego State as well, as they have been beating everyone," head coach Margie Wright said as the Bulldogs' program within one win of its 1500th all-time. "Houston is a very good team and we will have to be ready to go early tomorrow morning."
In the two games, Haley Gilleland went 5-for-6 with a double, two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases to move to 7-for-7 on the season.
No. 23 Fresno State will face No. 25 Houston on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and Long Beach State at 1:30 p.m. Both games will also be played at SDSU's Softball Stadium.
GAME 1: No. 23 Fresno State 7, BYU 3
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-0 lead after four innings and cruised to the four-run victory over BYU, who was tabbed the preseason Mountain West Conference favorite and earned a preseason No. 16 national ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll.
Fresno State pounded 11 hits over six innings at the plate. In the circle, junior pitcher Michelle Moses earned her third win of the season and Mackenzie Oakes recorded her first save of the year and second of her career as the duo combined for 10 strikeouts.
Senior shortstop Haley Gillleland, the reigning WAC Hitter of the Week, led the way at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a two-run double, two singles and reached base in all four plate appearances.
Junior outfielder Andrea Ortega led off the second inning with a solo home run over the center field wall. The blast marked the seventh this season by a Bulldog through the first eight games of the season.
In the fourth, Fresno State put the pedal to the medal and erupted for six runs to extend its lead to 7-0 while sending 11 Bulldogs to the plate.
Moses snapped a three-game stretch without a hit by poking a single through the right side to plate Gilleland. Ortega later recorded her second and third RBI of the morning when she laced an opposite field two-run single to right and Demi Walker added an RBI single up the middle.
The six-run fourth inning marked the Dogs' most runs scored in a frame this season.
Oakes relieved Moses in the sixth inning and held the Cougars scoreless to record the final four outs of the contest for the save.
GAME 2: No. 23 Fresno State 2, San Diego State 1
Gilleland wasted no time returning to the base paths as she led off the game with her third single to center field of the day and later scampered home on a wild pitch by SDSU's Lorena Klopp for an early 1-0 lead for the Dogs.
Courtney Moore drove in Moses with an RBI double in the third to give the Bulldogs their second run of the game and all the runs they would need as Moses and Oakes combined to throw a five-hitter and allowed a mere run in the fourth.
Despite a consistent and grinding set of attacks by the Aztecs throughout the late innings, Oakes finished off SDSU over the final 3.2 innings for her fifth win of the season.
"Both Michelle and Mac (Oakes) want to win and they pitched well," Wright noted. "Our defense came through when we needed it and our timely hitting was key.
DAY 1 NOTES
No. 23 Fresno State improved to 8-1 on the season. BYU, who was ranked No. 16 in the USA Today/NFCA preseason poll, fell to 7-10 with the loss while SDSU moved to 8-8 on the season. The Bulldogs have two wins this season over Top 20 teams (then-No. 8 Missouri and No. 19 Oklahoma State).
Defensive play of the day: Senior catcher Caitlin Stiglich displayed her cat-like reflexes when she snatched a failed bunt attempt by using her bare right hand to knock it into her catcher's glove on her left hand for the first out in the top of the fourth against BYU.
The 21st Annual Campbell/Cartier Classic is named after Susanne Campbell and Karin Cartier, who lost their lives during the 1991 softball season in a single-car accident that took place in Rosarito, Mexico. It left a lasting mark on teammates, coaches and the program. To pay tribute to Campbell and Cartier, the Aztec softball team renamed the SDSU Spring Classic in 1994 to the Campbell/Cartier Classic in memory of their friendship and fine athletic ability.
"We Are Your Team!" --- No. 23 Fresno State is on the road and returns to Bulldog Diamond on March 10 when the Dogs host the 2011 Bayer CropScience Classic. Fans can purchase all-tournament tickets for as low as $8 (youth) or $15 (adult) by logging on to www.gobulldogs.com, calling 559-278-DOGS or by visiting the Bulldog Ticket Office.