March 8, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 25 Fresno State softball team racked up 13 runs and freshman right hander Robin Mackin struck out 12 as the Bulldogs notched a 13-0, 5 inning victory over St. Francis.
Mackin, who has eight 10-strikeout games on the season, tied Fresno State's 24-year old record for strikeouts in a five-inning game. She now shares the record with former Bulldog All-American Wende Ward, who fanned 12 against CS Stanislaus on March 24, 1982.
Fresno State jumped out to an 8-0 lead after one inning of play. The Bulldogs then tacked on three in the second and two more in the third for their fifth run-rule victory on the year.
In the first senior shortstop Christina Clark led the inning off with her second home run of the season when her line drive cleared the left center field fence. Freshman designated player Merryann Barr, sophomore second baseman Jenna Cervantez and freshman third baseman Haley Perkins each knocked in a run. In addition sophomore right fielder Ashley White knocked in two as the other Bulldog run crossed home plate on a stolen base by Cervantez.
In the second with one out Cervantez doubled down the left field line to score junior catcher Nichole Willis, who led the inning off with a base hit to left field. Mackin, who singled up the middle, scored on a wild pitch before Clark, who beat out an infield single, plated Cervantez.
In the third with the bases loaded an one out, White lace a two-run single to left to give the Bulldogs all the runs they needed.
With the win, Mackin improved to 11-5 overall.
St. Francis starter Katie Eiden took the loss after allowing eight runs on five hits in 0.2 innings to go to 0-2 on the year. Reliever Serena Varvas threw the final 3.1 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits.
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