March 29, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 24 Fresno State softball team wrapped up its non-conference doubleheader against Santa Clara with an 8-0, 5 inning victory in the night cap.
Sophomore left hander Amanda Nesbitt threw a one-hitter and struck out a season-high five batters to notch her first win of the season.
She was backed by the Bulldogs scoring eight runs on seven hits. Senior All-America shortstop Christina Clark went 2-3 with two runs, a double and two RBI after going 3-3 with a run and a stolen base in the first game.
Freshman designated player Merryann Barr (1-3, RBI), sophomore second baseman Jenna Cervantez (1-2, run, double, RBI) and junior centerfielder Shannon Garvin (run, RBI) each knocked in a run for the Bulldogs.
Fresno State scored two runs in the second, three in the fourth and its final three in the fifth.
In the second, Cervantez doubled to right field and Garvin picked up a RBI on a groundout to give the Bulldogs an early 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Clark picked up a RBI single and did Barr. The third run was recorded on a wild pitch as freshman third baseman Haley Perkins scored after reaching on a base hit to center field.
In the fifth, pinch runner Katrina Jacques scored on a wild pitch after coming into the game for sophomore first baseman Lindsay Milchovich, who led the inning off with a base hit to left field. Clark doubled to left to score Cervantez. Clark then scored the final run for the run-rule victory after Barr reached on an error by the Santa Clara second baseman.
Bronco starter Liz Courter took the loss for the second time in as many tries. Dropping to 3-10 overall, she allowed five runs on five hits while walking six and striking out one. Sara Overmier allowed three runs on two hits against seven batters in the final 0.2 innings.
Fresno State improved to 22-13 overall while Santa Clara fell to 11-22.
The Bulldogs resume Western Athletic Conference play this weekend when they travel to Utah State, Fri.-Sat., March 31-April 1.
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