March 24, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 23 Fresno State softball team opened Western Athletic Conference play with a 6-1 victory over Nevada.
The Bulldogs utilized a four-run sixth and a three-hit 14-strikeout performance from freshman right hander Robin Mackin to improve to 24-5 in conference opener and 27-2 in league openers at home.
The 'Dogs got on the scoreboard first with a run in the third. With two outs, senior shortstop Christina Clark tripled to right before being knocked in by freshman Haley Perkins, who singled to right field.
Nevada, which fell to 11-20 on the season, answered with an equalizer in the top of the fourth on a solo home by shortstop Brittany Lorenzen.
Fresno State (19-12) came right back with a run in the fifth. With two outs and junior centerfielder Shannon Garvin on first, Clark was intentionally walked for the sixth time of the season (13th of her career). Perkins answered the challenge by beating out an infield hit to third to plate Clark.
With three Wolf Pack errors and a Bulldog hit, Fresno State scored four runs in the sixth. Garvin recorded a RBI after reaching safely on a fielder's choice that scored pinch runner Katrina Jacques, who had come in for junior catcher Nichole Willis after reaching on an UN error to start the inning. With runners on second and third, Clark reached on another Nevada error and went to second on the errant throw as two Bulldogs ran home.
Wolf Pack starter Jordan McPherson was lifted for Tiffany Hoeft. Hoeft's first Bulldog batter was Perkins and Perkins responded with her third RBI of the game when hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Garvin.
Taking the loss, McPherson allowed six runs on six hits while walking two and striking out 10 in 5.1 innings to fall to 7-10 on the season. Hoeft threw 0.2 innings and allowed no hits while facing three Bulldogs.
Outside of Perkins, Clark (2-3, run) and sophomore second baseman Jenna Cervantez (2-3, run) also had multiple hit games for the 'Dogs.
Mackin improved to 16-7 as she scattered three hits, walked none and fanned 14 for her 11th 10-strikeout performance of the season.
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