March 23, 2014
By Geoff Thurner
BOISE, Idaho - The Fresno State softball team (16-12, 1-2) wrapped up its opening weekend of Mountain West Conference play with an 8-1 loss at Boise State (17-13, 2-1) Sunday afternoon.
The `Dogs stranded seven runners for the game, including two at both second and third base, while its run came across on a third-inning single by senior shortstop Brooke Ortiz (and error on the same play by the BSU second baseman).
En route to their fifth straight series advantage since last year, the Broncos scored two runs in the first and third innings and four in the second stanza. However, the BSU offense was then stymied by Fresno State's third pitcher of the game - sophomore Hannah Harris - who retired the final 11 Bronco batters starting in the third inning.
Fresno State's best chance to score came with the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth inning after three straight singles by junior right fielder Michelle Solomon, senior first baseman Stesha Brazil and sophomore second baseman Whitney Smith. However, a strikeout looking and double play grounder ended the inning.
The Bulldogs also stranded a runner on third base in the first inning, first and second base in the fifth stanza, and first base in the third and sixth innings.
At game's end, junior center fielder Brenna Moss (2-for-4) led the `Dogs in hits with her 13th multi-hit effort of the season thanks to her singles in the first and fifth innings.
The All-MW returnee from Bakersfield, Calif., also tied her shared team record for most stolen bases in a game (3) and now has 60 career-wise - second-most all-time for Fresno State.
Four other Bulldogs besides Ortiz (1-for-4) ended with one hit - Solomon (1-for-3), Brazil (1-for-3), Smith (1-for-2, BB) and Angotti (1-for-3).
The Broncos scored their first two runs in the first inning after a single by Tara Glover and two-out, two-run homer by Ashley Palmer to center field.
In the second inning, Boise State added four runs on three doubles, a walk and pair of singles, while its final two runs in the third inning came via two singles, a sacrifice bunt and walk.
After pitching a five-inning, nine-hit complete game Saturday, Harris did not allow a hit Sunday, struck out two, and allowed no walks or base runners in her 3.2 innings.
Fresno State sophomore starter Jill Compton (10-6) worked the first 1.1 innings, struck out one, walked two, and allowed five hits and five earned runs.
Redshirt sophomore Kiley Shae Aldridge made her fifth appearance of the season in relief. Entering with a runner on second base and one out in the second inning, the Lompoc, Calif,. native struck out none, walked one, and allowed five hits and three earned runs in her inning.
Bronco starter Rebecca Patton (15-6) pitched her second complete game of the weekend, struck out five, walked one, gave up seven hits, and one unearned run.
Glover (3-for-4, 4 RBI) topped the home team in hits and doubled once, as did Jordan Krieger (1-for-3, RBI) and Rose Saenz (1-for-3). Palmer (2-for-3, 3 RBI) also had multiple hits with her second-inning RBI single.
Earlier in the trip, Boise State won the opener, 3-2, in 10 innings in a complete game dual between Compton and Patton on Friday. Fresno State bounced back for a 24-4 five-inning win on Saturday thanks to four homers and 17 hits, and broke the school and MW record for most runs in a game.
Overall for the three contests, Moss led Fresno State in hitting (.538, 7-13, RBI, 4 SB), and six other Bulldogs topped .300 - Angotti (.500, 4-for-8, RBI), sophomore catcher Paige Gumz (.444, 4-for-9, HR, 3 RBI), Solomon (.417, 5-for-12, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, SB), junior DP Kelly Megee (.400, 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, HBP), Smith (.364, 4-for-11, RBI, BB) and Brazil (.364, 4-for-12, HR, 4 RBI, BB).
In the circle for the weekend, Harris led the team in ERA (3.23), wins (1) and lowest opponent batting (.281).
In other action around the conference Saturday, Utah State completed its sweep of CSU with a 7-2 win; UNLV also swept Nevada with a 3-2 victory; and New Mexico claimed its first win of the weekend at home vs. SDSU, 8-6.
Looking ahead, the `Dogs return home to host Utah State for three games on Friday-Sunday, March 28-30.
Boise State 8, Fresno State 1 (Mar 23, 2014 at Boise, Idaho)
Fresno State........ 001 000 0 - 1 7 0 (16-12, 1-2 MW) Boise State......... 242 000 X - 8 10 2 (17-13, 2-1 MW)
Pitchers: Fresno State - Compton, Jill; ALDRIDGE, Kiley Shae(2); HARRIS, Hannah(3) and Gumz, Paige. Boise State - PATTON, R. and TORREZ, H.. Win-PATTON, R.(15-6) Loss-COMPTON, Jill(10-6) T-2:00 A-264. HR BSU - PALMER, A.. Weather: Blue skies and 50 degrees.
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