March 7, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. – On day three of the Bayer CropScience Classic at Bulldog Diamond, the No. 21 Bulldog softball team defeated Northern Illinois 6-1 in the first of two games for the ‘Dogs.
Fresno State then fell to Providence in the late game, 13-5. The Bulldogs are 10-8 overall.
Freshman Mackenzie Oakes made her first appearance in the circle in front of the Bulldog fans at home of her career as she pitched a one-hitter and allowed one run (unearned) in the Bulldogs five-run victory over Northern Illinois. It was the fourth win of her career as she struck out two and walked no Husky batters.
The Bulldog offense scored six runs on six hits as Haley Perkins got the first hit of the game for the ‘Dogs, her second triple of the season and 12th of her career in the first. She is now tied for seventh in the Bulldog career record books with Christina Clark and Jenifer Henry for career triples.
With two outs, Michelle Moses hit a single up the middle as the ‘Dogs took a 1-0 lead off of the Huskies starting pitcher Morgan Bittner. Bittner would drop to 1-5 with the loss while NIU is now 2-9. Two of the Bulldogs runs vs. Bittner were earned.
Northern Illinois’ only run of the game came in the top of the third when shortstop Krista Matsui reached on an error. After sacrifice bunts by Dani Thompson and Jenna Roberts, the run would score to tie the game at 1-1 at the time.
Fresno State got the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth and with two outs Moses scored after Brooke Phipps was hit by pitch. Nicole Angene then scored after Alexis Lujan was hit by a pitch and the ‘Dogs took a 3-0 lead after four.
The Bulldogs added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. It began when Ryane Petersen walked. Lisamarie Coronado then doubled to right field. Phipps hit a sacrifice fly to right field and reached second as Petersen scored for 4-1 lead.
Three more runs would come across for the ‘Dogs in the bottom of the sixth for the victory. Caitlin Stiglich led the ‘Dogs with two hits and two RBI’s in the game. Phipps also ended with two RBI’s.
Freshman Alexis Lujan earned her first start of the season for the ‘Dogs at the designated player position and not only did she get her first career hit but she ended with a team-high three for the game with one run and three RBI’s.
Lisamarie Coronado also had a big night for the Bulldogs vs. Providence as she hit her third career triple and first since 2007 with two outs in the bottom of the second.
The Friars however, struck early and often against Bulldog starter Morgan Melloh who pitched 3.2 innings, allowed six hits, eight runs (five earned) and struck out three. Melloh dropped to 6-6 in the circle this season.
Mary Rose Sheehy hit a three-run home run with two outs in the top of the third. She ended with four hits and five RBI’s.
Providence would add five more runs in the top of the fourth and take an 8-0 lead.
The Bulldogs got a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth after Lujan’s first career double. She would score from third after Moses hit into a double play that allowed her to score.
Two more runs came for the ‘Dogs in the bottom of the fifth as Coronado eventually scored after she walked and Perkins scored after she singled earlier in the inning.
Providence fought back to score twice more in the sixth and three more times in the seventh off of Bulldog pitchers Ashley Cox and Mackenzie Oakes. Cox, who made her first appearance of the season, pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and two runs. Oakes then pitched 1.2 innings of her own and allowed three runs on six hits.
Fresno State didn’t go down without a fight in the bottom of the seventh as Haley Gilleland and Mallory Perkins scored off of three Bulldog hits in the inning but a Bulldog double play would end the game.
The Bayer CropScience Classic concludes on Sunday at Bulldog Diamond with Providence taking on Northern Illinois at 10 a.m. followed by No. 21 Fresno State vs. No. 9 Cal at 1 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 the nationally ranked California Bears Sunday afternoon at 1 pm. Rally towels will be given away 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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