March 8, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - Bulldog Diamond erupted as Haley Perkins singled to right field in the bottom of the seventh to score Kaylan Pollard for the winning run as the No. 21 Bulldogs defeated No. 9 Cal 3-2 on Sunday in the final game of the Bayer Crop Science Classic.
"This win is huge," Perkins said. "We are looking to carry this win through our doubleheader next week and into the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton next weekend."
Down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the `Dogs got to Cal starting pitcher Marissa Drewrey as junior Lisamarie Coronado walked to lead off the inning. She reached second on a passed ball as Bulldog third baseman Nicole Angene drew a walk.
Pollard entered to pinch run for Angene as the Golden Bears switched pitchers. Drewery allowed four hits in six innings and is credited with all three runs. Valerie Arioto replaced her in the circle.
Arioto was able to pop up the first Bulldog batter, Mallory Perkins before throwing a wild pitch during Brooke Phipps' at bat which advanced the runners to second and third. Phipps would strike out and then it happened.
With a 2-2 count to Haley Perkins, Arioto was called for an illegal pitch for both of her feet not being on the rubber at the beginning of her wind up. The rule of an illegal pitch allows each runner on base to advance and gives a ball to the batter.
Since Coronado was on third during the illegal pitch she was sent home to score the tying run.
The next pitch Haley Perkins drilled to right field to bring in the winning run.
"I don't even know what the pitch was," Perkins said. "I just knew it was in the strike zone and I told myself that if it was anything close I was going to hit it."
The `Dogs first run of the game came in the fifth off of a Phipps single that scored freshman Jody Badorine.
"I knew I had to come through today," Phipps said. "We needed this win and we knew we could do it and we got it done."
Cal got its two runs in the first and fourth innings.
Morgan Melloh picked up the win for the `Dogs in the circle improving to 7-6. She had eight strikeouts in the game and allowed six hits. Fresno State had five hits off of Drewrey and one off of Arioto, the winning hit.
This is the third-straight game between Fresno State and Cal that has been decided but one run, dating back to the 2008 Regionals. Fresno State and Cal are each 2-2 in the last four meetings. The Bulldogs win snapped Cal's six-game winning streak. The Bulldogs lead the overall series 63-42.
Melloh has 575 strikeouts in her career and is now just nine away from tying assistant coach Marcie Green's record of 584 career strikeouts in the Bulldog record books.
Gilleland had a stolen base in the game, her 25 of the young shortstops career, ranking her ninth on the Bulldog career list with Wende Ward.
Haley Perkins was named to the Bayer CropScience All-Tournament team. Also named to the team was NIU catcher Carly Norton, Providence center fielder Mary Rose Sheehy, Cal left fielder Jamia Reid and BYU pitcher Paige Affleck. The MVP was BYU catcher Jessica Purcell.
BYU was named the tournament champions with a 4-1 record. It was the third Fresno State tournament appearance for the Cougars and their first win. Cal finished second wit ha 3-1 record, followed by the `Dogs at 3-2 and NIU and PC at 1-4.
Fresno State is 11-8 on the season and hosts Temple in a doubleheader on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Bulldog Diamond.
For the final complete Bayer CropScience Tournament results log on to: http://www.gobulldogs.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/09-bayer-cropscience-classic.html.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs' host Temple in a doubleheader Tuesday night starting at 6 pm. All tickets are buy-one-get-one FREE. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Bulldog Ticket Office, calling 278-DOGS or online at gobulldogs.com.
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