Dogs Finish Sweeping Start to WAC Play
March 26, 2011
RUSTON, La. - The Fresno State softball team completed a three-game sweep of the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters with a 10-1 rout and 2-1 extra-inning grinder on a muggy Saturday afternoon in Ruston.
Fresno State (19-8, 3-0 WAC) dominated early and often in the day's early game that quickly turned into a rout.
The Bulldogs scored a run in each of the first four innings before notching four runs in the fifth and adding two more in the seventh.
Senior Haley Gilleland provided a pair of the Dogs' school-record tying three triples in the game and Rebecca Hall provided the other. Nicole Angene bombed a home run in the second inning and Rebecca Walker crushed an opposite field solo shot in the sixth.
As a team, Fresno State pounded a season-high 14 hits, including 10 for extra bases while Michelle Moses earned her sixth victory in the circle this year in the 10-1 win that went the distance.
In the series finale, the Bulldogs outlasted the Techsters as the pitcher's duel between the Dogs' Mackenzie Oakes (12-2, 2-0 WAC) and Tech's ace Megan Krieg was decided by Fresno State's key execution in the clutch.
Louisiana Tech responded an inning later and forced extra frames with a seventh-inning home run.
The Dogs improved to 2-0 in extra-inning games when Diane Runge, who pinch ran for senior catcher Caitlin Stiglich after a hard hit single through the left side, scored from second base on a deep sacrifice fly by Angene in the ninth to push the Bulldogs past Tech 2-1.
"We Are Your Team!" --- Fresno State continues WAC play on Saturday in Ruston, La. The Dogs will return to Bulldog Diamond for a nationally televised showdown with No. 21/25 Hawai'i on April 1 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. Fans can purchase tickets by logging on to www.gobulldogs.com, calling 559-278-DOGS or by visiting the Bulldog Ticket Office.