March 19, 2006
FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 24 Fresno State softball team lost in the consolation semifinals of the Judi Garman Softball Classic when the Bulldogs fell 8-1 to 11th-ranked Arizona State.
The 'Dogs scored their run in the bottom of the sixth with two outs when sophomore first baseman Kristin Sylvester lined a double to left center to score freshman third baseman Haley Perkins, who had singled up the middle with one out.
Fresno State utilized three pitchers as starter Merryann Barr held the Sun Devils hitless through the first two innings of play. She would take the loss and drop to 2-2 on the season after allowing five runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in 2.2 innings of play.
Sophomore Amanda Nesbitt relieved Barr in the third and pitched 1.0 innings. She allowed two runs (unearned) on one hit with two walks and a strikeout.
Freshman Robin Mackin pitched the final 3.1 innings and scattered five hits while yielding a run, walking three and fanning eight.
Sun Devil pitcher Desiree Serrano went the distance as she threw four-hit ball while walking one and striking out 10 to improve to 13-2 overall.
Despite stranding 10 base runners, Serrano's efforts were supported offensively by left fielder Bridgette Caron and second baseman Mindy Cowles, who combined for six of ASU's eight RBI.
Overall in the tournament, Fresno State went 2-3. Senior shortstop Christina Clark (.389), Sylvester (.385) and Perkins (.375) led the way. Junior catcher Nichole Willis had a team-high five RBI. In the circle, Mackin went 2-2 with two shutouts and 35 strikeouts in 25.0 innings of work for a 1.96 ERA.
Fresno State (18-12) is at home next week. The Bulldogs open Western Athletic Conference play against Nevada with a three-game series starting Fri., March 24.
Fresno State will host the Wolf Pack for a single game on Friday at 6:00 p.m., before playing a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1:00 p.m.
Season and single-game tickets are available online at www.gobulldogs.com or through the Bulldog Ticket Office by phoning (559) 278-3647.
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