March 5, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - The first game of the Bayer CropScience Classic at Bulldog Diamond was a battle as the No. 21 host Bulldogs fell in a 10-inning, 2-0 game to BYU.
The Bulldogs are 8-7 on the season while BYU improves to 11-10.
It was another pitchers duel as the first hit of the game for BYU game in the second inning off of Morgan Melloh. Melloh would strikeout 14 and pitch nine scoreless innings before picking up the loss. She drops to 5-5 in the circle.
With two on and no outs in the second, Bulldog catcher Caitlin Stiglich threw out Jessica Purcell trying to steal third after her double.
A big play came from freshman Jody Badorine in the top of the seventh with two on and two outs. After pinch hitting for Mallory Perkins the previous inning, Badorine made her first play in left field of the night as she threw out Monica Gonzales running from second to keep the game scoreless.
BYU would get three hits off of Melloh through seven and the Bulldogs and Cougars would go to the international tie-break rules. International tie-breaker rules state that the final out from the previous inning will start the next inning on second base. This was the second game of this sort of the year for the `Dogs. Fresno State defeated Cal State Northridge using these rules on opening weekend.
Haley Gilleland would start on second for the `Dogs in the bottom of the eighth. A Stiglich sacrifice bunt would send Gilleland to third. A slow grounder to second base by Moses would send Gilleland from third and she would be out at home on the play.
Neither team would get anything in the eighth.
Caschjen Davis took second in the top of the ninth for BYU and she would advance to third on a sacrifice bunt by Amanda Vance. Melloh would strikeout the final two batters of the inning.
Gonzales would start the top of the 10th at second for BYU and after a walk to Tiffany Messesrschmidt, Melloh would give up a triple down the right field line to Purcell as BYU would take a 2-0 lead.
Fresno State would get the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th. Lisamarie Coronado was placed on second and Haley Perkins was hit by a pitch followed by a walk to Gilleland. With the bases loaded, Fresno State would strike out to end the game.
Christie Zinanti and Paige Affleck combined for a no-hitter for the Cougars. Zinanti began the game and pitched four shutout innings, struck out seven and walked five. Affleck pitched six shutout innings, striking out eight Bulldogs while picking up her sixth win of the season.
Fresno State takes on Providence at 7 p.m. on Friday at Bulldog Diamond. The first 1,500 fans in the gates will receive a free Fresno State softball poster. The first game of the Bayer CropScience Classic on Friday is BYU vs. Providence at 12 p.m.
Follow all of the tournament action at: http://www.gobulldogs.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/09-bayer-cropscience-classic.html.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs' host the Bayer CropScience Classic March 5-8 at Bulldog Diamond. The `Dogs host Providence Friday at 7 pm. Posters will be given to early arriving fans. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Bulldog Ticket Office, calling 278-DOGS or online at gobulldogs.com.
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