March 18, 2006
FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 24 Fresno State softball team opened consolation play at the Judi Garman Classic with an 8-0, 5 inning win over UNLV to even its tournament record to 2-2.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning of play with the damage coming from junior catcher Nichole Willis, who hit a three-run home run for her second long ball of the season.
Freshman right hander Robin Mackin threw a two-hitter, walked four and struck out six to improve to 15-7 overall.
UNLV starter Shannon Crisp was pulled after facing five batters as she allowed four runs on four hits while striking out one in 0.1 innings of work to fall to 6-9 overall. Reliever Christie Robinson yielded four runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out four in 4.1 innings of action.
In the first, senior designated player Christina Clark led the bottom half off with a single up the middle. Freshman shortstop Haley Perkins then hit a shot into the hole to put runners on first and second. After Crisp recorded a strikeout, sophomore first baseman Kristin Sylvester doubled to left center to plate Clark while Perkins went to third. Willis then homered to left field to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 advantage.
In the third, freshman third baseman Merryann Barr singled to center and went to second after the ball escaped from the Rebels' centerfielder. After Sylvester sacrificed Barr to third, Willis then singled to right center to score freshman right fielder Kori Sherman, who came in to pinch run for Barr.
In the fifth with one out, Mackin reached via error and sophomore left fielder Ashley White beat out an infield hit to put runners on first and second. Both Bulldogs then moved up on a passed ball. Sophomore second baseman Jenna Cervantez responded with a single to right center to score Mackin for a 6-0 lead. With White on third and Cervantez moving up to second on a ground out, Clark roped a shot into right field to plate both White and Cervantez to give the Bulldogs the run-rule victory.
Fresno State (18-11) continues tournament play tomorrow morning with an 8:30 a.m. match up against No. 11 Arizona State (30-3). The winner of this game will then play in the 1:00 p.m. consolation championship game.
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