March 24, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 23 Fresno State softball team recorded a 2-1 night cap win over Nevada to improve to 20-12 overall and 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play.
The Bulldogs got rolling right away when senior shortstop Christina Clark led the bottom of the first off with a double to right field. After the next two 'Dogs got out, sophomore catcher/first baseman Kristin Sylvester roped a single to center field to score Clark.
Fresno State would score another run in the fifth when freshman third baseman Haley Perkins led the inning off with a double down the right field line. With one out, Sylvester collected her second RBI of the night when she singled to right center to plate Perkins.
Nevada (11-21, 0-2 WAC) would notch a run in the top of the sixth with a solo home run by centerfielder Cindy Elkins to lead off the inning.
Freshman right hander Merryann Barr improved to 3-2 overall. She scattered three hits, walked two and struck out a season-high five in 5.0 innings of work. Freshman Robin Mackin would earn her first collegiate save as she pitched one-hit ball and struck out four in the final two innings.
UN hurler Jordan McPherson would pick up her second loss of the night. She yielded two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three to fall to 7-11 overall.
Fresno State will host Nevada tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in a single game to wrap up the three-game series.
Season and single-game tickets for the 2006 softball season can be purchased online at www.gobulldogs.com or through the Bulldog Ticket Office at (559) 278-3647.
Preceding tomorrow afternoon's game is a public safety fair that will run 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and held in the Grey Lot, East of Bulldog Diamond.
Saturday, March 25, has been designated as Public Safety Day. Representatives from the Fresno and Clovis Police Departments along with the local sheriff departments will be offering information and assistance tips on staying safe.
There will be ID kits for the children and interactive activities with the three law enforcement agencies.
In addition, there will be safety vehicles on hand. Being showcased is a DUI Trailer, Car Seat Safety Trailer, Patrol Cars, K-9 Units, Motor Units, Explorer Program, Bomb Squad Truck and Robots, Bike/Motor/BMW Dirt Patrol, Mounted Unit, Boating Unit, Eagle One, SWAT and a helicopter flyover.
This day also is being used as a day of recognition for those individuals who protect the community. Any law enforcement individual that shows a valid government ID will be admitted for $2. In addition, the officer's family will also be admitted for $2 a piece as well.
The Fresno Police Department will have their color guard present during pregame activities.
Admission to the Public Safety Day is free. Also, admission to any Fresno State softball games is free to university students by presenting a valid ID.
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