`Dogs Edged by Nevada in 7th Inning
March 29, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State softball fell to Nevada late in the second game of the series to lose 1-0 on Friday night at Bulldog Diamond. The Bulldogs (20-15, 1-1 MW) look to win the series with the final game on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m.
"It's a frustrating loss, but we gave it a lot of fight," said junior Stesha Brazil. "The whole games was frustrating because we had the hits, but they weren't timely. We had plenty of hits they just weren't at the right time. All we can do now is learn from it and come out ready to play tomorrow."
Freshman Hannah Harris had one of her best outings of the season against the Wolf Pack. The righty sat down the first six batters she faced in order and had a no-hitter intact through the first four innings. Harris surrendered her first hit of the night in the fifth inning.
"I thought Hannah threw well tonight," said head coach Trisha Ford. "She threw well enough to win. It was good because earlier in the year she didn't have her best stuff, so her last two outings have been very strong. To see her get back into her rhythm and do what she did tonight against a good Nevada team is a positive thing."
It is the fourth complete game of the season for Harris, who has thrown 13 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to cross home plate. She has an ERA of 2.17 and a 5-3 record in the circle.
The Bulldogs scattered three hits in the first two innings and had a total of eight hits to the Wolf Pack's three. Senior Diane Runge went 3-for-4 on the night.
Nevada took advantage of a Bulldog error in the top of the seventh inning to score the go ahead run. The Bulldogs threatened in the bottom half of the inning with the winning run on first base, but Nevada escaped with the win 1-0.
"We had a lot of opportunities early in the game," said Ford. "We left quite a few runners on base. Unfortunately, we weren't able to step up to the challenge and produce."
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball open Mountain West action on Thursday, March 28 against Nevada at 6 p.m. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).