By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State softball opened Mountain West action with a 6-4 win over Nevada on Thursday night at Bulldog Diamond.
"It was really important to set the tone for season and open the conference season with a win," said catcher Paige Gumz. "It is good for our momentum heading into conference play and we can build on this win."
The Bulldogs' (20-14, 1-0 MW) offense unleashed for five runs on five hits in the fifth inning to break the tie and take the lead. Gumz and Michelle Solomon recorded a team best two hits against the Wolf Pack. Gumz also tallied two RBI on the night.
"The fifth inning was a good adjustment for us the second time through the lineup," Gumz said. "We were getting on base, moving the runner over and eventually scoring them. The momentum kept building and we were feeding off each other's energy to keep scoring runs."
Nevada scored first in the second inning taking a 1-0 lead, which lasted until the fourth inning when freshman Paige Gumz drove in the tying run with a single to right field.
The tied ball game lasted only an inning before sophomore Brenna Moss drove in the go ahead run with a single. Senior Diane Runge extended the Bulldogs lead with a two RBI double off the center field fence. Runge's double gave the `Dogs the lead 4-1.
|Head Coach Trisha Ford
|Freshman C Paige Gumz
Solomon kept the fifth inning alive with an RBI double, which brought Gumz up to the plate. Gumz plated another run with her second hit of the night as Fresno State led 6-1.
Nevada attempted to come back in the seventh inning and scored three runs. The Wolf Pack cut the Bulldogs lead 6-4.
Freshman Jill Compton got out of the top of the seventh inning leaving the tying run on base. She earned her ninth win in the circle. Compton hurled her third complete game of the season. She recorded three strikeouts in the first game of the series and has 69 on the year.
"She did good starting off counts and working through batters that got back in the count," said Gumz of Compton's third complete game. "She made things interesting, but she pulled through for us in the end."
The Bulldogs face Nevada in the second game of the series on Friday, March 29 at 6 p.m. in Bulldog Diamond.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball continues the series against Nevada on Friday, March 29 at 6 p.m. in Bulldog Diamond. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).
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