FULLERTON, Calif. - After beating the Big Ten's Illinois 3-2 earlier in the day, Fresno State fell to No. 12/14 Texas 9-2 in a nightcap at Anderson Family Field on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.
The Bulldogs regained its timely hitting to defeat the Fighting Illini.
Junior Mackenzie Oakes (9-2) dealt a no-hitter into the fifth and finished her seventh complete game of the year. The start marked the seventh of the year for the righthander from Bakersfield, Calif. and Oakes' 14th appearance in the circle in 2011.
Sophomore Brooke Ortiz, who went 2-for-3 against the Fighting Illini, drilled a hard shot to the right center field gap and sprinted for her first career triple in the bottom of the first. She also capped a key fourth-inning rally when Fresno State's bats came alive with back-to-back-to-back RBI singles for a 3-0 lead.
Junior outfielder Rebecca Hall started the clutch stretch with a two-out RBI single to shallow right field that plated pinch runner Diane Runge from second. Hall also delivered a key two-out, two-run single earlier this year in Fresno State's 4-3 win against then-No. 19 Oklahoma State.
The Bulldogs added the other two when Haley Gilleland pulled her single to left to drive in Kaylan Pollard, who earned her second start in the outfield this year. Then, the team's hitting leader Ortiz poked a single straight up the middle with Hall coming home for the 3-0 lead.
Oakes finished her seventh complete game of the year with a pair of strikeouts while scattering a trio of hits.
Fresno State then faced a daunting challenge with the Longhorns, who run-ruled No. 4 Washington 12-0 last night behind Blaire Luna's five-inning perfect game on Thursday night.
The Dogs got hooked right off the bat when Michelle Moses gave up a first-inning home run to Texas' Lexy Bennet.
But Moses responded by smashing her seventh blast of the season and 35th of her Bulldog career in the bottom half of the frame for a 2-1 Fresno State lead. All of Moses' home runs this year have been two or three run shots.
The straightaway shot also moved Moses within one home run of tying Nina Lindenberg, who hit the game-winning home run in the Bulldogs' 1-0 victory over the Arizona Wildcats to claim the 1998 National Championship, for second all-time in career home runs at Fresno State.
Yet, the Longhorns chased Moses (5-6) after 4.1 innings and seven earned runs. Senior Nicole Angene made her second relief appearance of the season while tossing the final 2.2 innings.
Texas (22-3) closed the game with eight unanswered runs for the 9-2 victory.
In 2011, the Dogs are now 15-8 with two wins over Top 20 teams (then-No. 8 Missouri, and then-No. 19 Oklahoma State). Fresno State moved to a 2-1 against Big 12 Conference schools this season. With a consistently challenging non-conference schedule filled with top teams, the Bulldogs are 2-3 against Top 20 teams and 2-4 against teams ranked in the Top 25.
The Bulldogs will wrap play at the Judi Garman Classic on Saturday at 11 a.m. when the Dogs face their second Top 5 opponent in Fullerton - No. 5/6 Michigan.
"We Are Your Team!" --- After facing top competition all weekend at the Judi Garman Classic, the Dogs return to Bulldog Diamond for a non-conference doubleheader on March 22 with UC Santa Barbara. Fans can purchase tickets by logging on to www.gobulldogs.com, calling 559-278-DOGS or by visiting the Bulldog Ticket Office.
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