March 17, 2006
FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 24 Fresno State softball team wrapped up pool play as the third seed after dropping a 4-3 decision to No. 14 Oklahoma at the Judi Garman Softball Classic.
The Sooners, who avenged an earlier loss to the Bulldogs, struck for four runs on six hits while Fresno State scored all three of its runs on a home run by freshman pitcher Robin Mackin.
Sooner southpaw D.J. Mathis allowed just three hits while walking three and striking out two in 4.2 innings of work to improve to 7-1 overall. Reliever Stacy Braddock pitched the final 2.1 innings and allowed three runs on two hits while walking one and striking out three.
Freshman right hander Robin Mackin suffered the loss and dropped to 14-6 on the season. She scattered six hits and allowed four runs (three earned) while walking two and striking out eight.
In the loss, Mackin eclipsed the 200 strikeout plateau and currently has 207 in 134.2 innings for an average of 10.8 strikeouts per 7/IP.
Oklahoma scored a run in the first, added two in the third and another in the fifth before the Bulldogs recorded their runs in the seventh.
In the first, a one-out sacrifice fly to right field foul territory by catcher Samantha Ricketts gave OU its first run. In the third with one out and a runner on first, Ricketts homered to right center to give the Sooners a 3-0 lead. In the fifth, OU added another run on a long ball by right fielder Amber Spaulding, who led the inning off with a solo shot to left field.
In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Mackin hit her third home run of the season with a three-run shot to left center.
The game got underway after a 1:15 rain delay, pushing the start time from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. In the top of the sixth, another rain delay was had and the game was suspended for 1:24 before resuming play.
As the No. 3 seed in pool A with a 1-2 mark, Fresno State now plays in the consolation bracket. The Bulldogs will play tomorrow morning at 11:15 a.m., against UNLV, which finished fourth in pool D, on Field II. The winner of that game will play again on Sun., March 19, at 8:30 a.m., on Field II. The loser of the Fresno State-UNLV game will play on Sunday morning at 11:15 a.m. at Golden West Junior College in Huntington Beach.
With rains and field conditions a factor, fans can call (714) 278-7676 for updates of game times and game match ups for the 2006 Judi Garman Softball Classic.
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