Tough Day in San Diego for the Dogs
March 5, 2011
21st Annual Campbell/Cartier Classic Day 2 Results
SAN DIEGO - The Bulldogs could taste a historic milestone win, yet the symbolic moment will have to wait for another day.
The No. 23 Fresno State softball team had opened the Campbell/Cartier Classic with two wins on Friday to pull within one victory from the program's 1,500th all-time, but failed to reach the mark in Saturday one-run losses to No. 25/23 Houston and Long Beach State.
The Bulldogs' quest for 1,500 remains on ice with an overall record of 1,499-531-1 (.738) since 1978.
"It's disappointing to let these games get away, but we have to focus on tomorrow and getting a win against Baylor," head coach Margie Wright said.
No. 23 Fresno State will finish their play at the Campbell/Cartier Classic during a Sunday morning date at 9 a.m. with the Baylor Bears on the SDSU campus.
In Saturday's first game, No. 25/23 Houston edged No. 23 Fresno State 4-3.
Junior pitcher Michelle Moses made her seventh start of the season and lasted 1.1 innings before giving up a second-inning two-run home run to Houston's Stesha Brazil for a quick 2-0 Cougar lead. Oakes replaced Moses after Brazil's blast and tossed the final 5.2 innings.
With the Dogs trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth frame, Fresno State freshman Demi Walker pelted her first career home run - a 255-foot two-run shot - into the parking lot well past the left field bleachers for the Bulldogs' first lead of the game at 3-2.
During her prep career at Corcoran High School, Walker set the Central Section's all-time career home run record with 32.
The Cougars later scratched across two runs in the sixth inning and held on for the 4-3 victory. Oakes lost for the first time this season in the circle and UH's Megan Crabtree earned her tenth win of the year. No. 25/23 Houston improved to 16-5 on the season and finished the Classic with a 3-2 record.
Fresno State, the designated visiting team against the 49ers, jumped to an early 3-0 lead after the first inning during the afternoon session.
But Long Beach State quickly responded with two of their own in the bottom of the first and evened the game at 3-3 with another run in the second.
In the fifth, Fresno State added two unearned run sparked by the speed of Haley Gilleland and Brooke Ortiz, who both scored after reaching on errors, to extend the lead to 5-3 before the pride of the Beach came roaring back with three runs for the win in the bottom of the seventh.
Senior Nicole Angene had made her first appearance in the circle since her freshman season in 2008 and struck out LBSU's Jennifer Madigan to end the first frame and allowed two runs in 5.1 innings of relief work. Junior Mackenzie Oakes endured her second loss of the day despite both runs she gave up were unearned.
The game ended in stunning fashion as LBSU's number nine hitter Dana Garcia trickled a slow-roller through Rebecca Walker's legs for the walk-off winner.
DAY 2 NOTES
No. 23 Fresno State moved to 8-3 on the season. The Bulldogs are 2-1 against Top 25 teams, including a pair of victories versus Top 20 teams (then-No. 8 Missouri and No. 19 Oklahoma State) and a one-run loss to No. 25/23 Houston.
All three of Fresno State's losses this season have been by a single run.
As one of four Bulldogs to start all 11 games this season, Demi Walker has either reached base or recorded a sacrifice in every game and hit her first home as a Bulldog today against No. 25/23 Houston. Her instant impact is also seen defensively as Walker, a versatile outfielder, has pulled in 14 fly balls and threw out a runner at home during an attempted sacrifice fly on Opening Day.
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 will play a final road game on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. against Baylor and returns to Bulldog Diamond on March 10 when the Dogs host Idaho State in 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.