March 15, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Fresno State softball opened the Capital Classic with a 3-2 win over Kansas. Junior Kapri Angotti drove in the game-winning run in the sixth inning for the Bulldogs (16-11, 0-0 MW). It is the second come from behind win for the `Dogs in the past four games.
"It was a great team effort today and we manufactured some good runs late in the game," said head coach Trisha Ford. "Obviously, Stesha's long ball helps, but the last run we manufactured, which is good and what we have been working on a lot this last week. It was a great team win."
Kansas scored first plating a run on two hits in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Jayhawks threatened in the top of the second inning and loaded the bases. Jill Compton and the `Dogs defense got out of the inning unscathed and stranded three KU runners on base.
Junior Stesha Brazil broke up the Jayhawks no-hitter in the third inning. She crushed a home run over the left field fence to tie the game 1-1. She leads the team and the conference with seven long balls on the season.
In the third inning, Diane Runge hit a triple to left field putting the go ahead run 60 feet away. Michelle Solomon drove Runge in with a sacrifice fly to left field giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the game 2-1.
The Jayhawks answered in the next inning by scoring one run and tying the game 2-2. The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Angotti hit a line drive through the right side bringing home the winning run.
"Kapri's RBI was a result of us taking advantage of each opportunity," Ford said. "Whitney had a great at-bat to get on base, Megee just missed a long ball by about 10 feet, and Maria moved Whitney over, which was huge. Kapri's single moves the runner and allows her to score. Without all those at-bats before the domino effect doesn't take place. That's what we are trying to teach is how to manufacture runs, move runners and be unselfish."
Compton earned her seventh win in the circle and struck out four Jayhawk betters. After giving up four hits in the first two innings, Compton settled down and took command of the circle. She scattered three hits the rest of the game keeping the powerful Kansas offense at bay. KU came into the game hitting .400 and averaging over 11 hits per game.
"First inning was a little shaky and we've been working on taking care of business in the first inning," said Ford. "Once she settled in she pitched well. She knows what she is doing; it's just a matter of getting her to be calm and focused right out of the gate."
The Bulldogs continue the Capital Classic on Saturday, March against Texas State at 11 a.m.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball travels to the Capital Classic hosted by Sacramento State March 15-17. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).
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