March 11, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Freshman right hander Merryann Barr tossed her second straight shutout victory and knocked in half of the team's runs in Fresno State's 8-0, 5 inning win over San Diego at the Bulldog Classic presented by Bingham Toyota.
Throwing hitless ball through 3.2 innings, Barr pitched a two-hitter, walked two and struck out four to lift Fresno State's tournament mark to 3-0.
A one hour and 18 minute rain delay halted play and perhaps interfered with Barr's chance to notch her first career no-hitter as play stopped in the third with two outs.
At the plate, Barr went 3-3 with a run and had four of the team's eight RBI. Her two-out RBI single in the fifth with the bases loaded allowed the Bulldogs to post their fourth run-rule victory in the last five games.
Fresno State scored four in the first and had three in the second before Barr knocked in the 'Dogs lone run in the fifth.
In the first, senior shortstop Christina Clark led off with a single to center field. Freshman third baseman Haley Perkins reached on a fielder's choice as Clark was safe at second. Barr then singled down the left field line to plate Clark for the first run of the game. Sophomore catcher Kristin Sylvester followed with a double to left center as Perkins scored. While Barr advanced to second on the play, sophomore first baseman Lindsay Milchovich connected for a one-out RBI single to right to knock in Barr. With Sylvester on third and Milchovich on first, sophomore second baseman Jenna Cervantez roped a shot to right center for a RBI to score Barr.
In the second with one out, the Bulldogs had runners on second and third before Barr singled to center field to score junior centerfielder Shannon Garvin, who had reached on a error by the Torero shortstop, and Clark, who had reached on a walk. Sylvester then homored to left center for her second long ball of the season.
San Diego broke up Barr's no-hit bid in the fourth when designated player Virginia Fritsch singled through the left side.
Torero starter Erin Harmonson took the loss and fell to 6-5 overall after allowing seven runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout. Reliever Christina Haake pitched the final 3.0 innings and yielded one run on three hits while walking four and strikout out two.
Fresno State (16-9) continues tournament play tomorrow with contests against Central Florida (11:00 a.m.) and Washington (1:00 p.m.).
Tournament tickets and single-game tickets can be purchased online at www.gobulldogs.com or through the Bulldog Ticket Office at (559) 278-3647.
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