No. 24 'Dogs Take Night Cap, 10-2, Over Utah State
March 31, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - The No. 24 Fresno State softball team took the night cap after posting a 10-2, 5 inning Western Athletic Conference win over Utah State.
Tying the school's single-game record for doubles, the Bulldogs pounded out six as they notched their 11th run-rule victory of the season.
Fresno State erupted for five runs in the first and five more in the fifth as it scored 10 runs on 12 hits.
Freshman Robin Mackin picked up her second straight win in as many games when she allowed two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out nine to improve to 19-8 overall.
Offensively, the 'Dogs bottom half of the line up knocked in nine of the team's 10 runs, including a three-run home run by junior centerfielder Shannon Garvin.
In the first, senior All-America shortstop Christina Clark led the game off with a double to left center. While standing on third with two outs, junior first baseman Nichole Willis singled to the right side of second base to score Clark. Mackin followed with a single through the left side. With runners on first and scecond, freshman designated player Merryann Barr singled to left field to load the bases. Sophomore second baseman Jenna Cervantez followed with a double to right center to knock in Willis and Mackin. Sophomore left fielder Ashley White also hit a double and plated two with a shot to right field as Barr and Cervantez scored.
In the second, Utah State got on the board with a two-out RBI double by designated player Whitnie Ray. The Aggies would tack on another run in the third on a ground out by shortstop Quela Leonhardt.
In the fifth, Willis singled to right center to lead off the inning. Junior pinch runner Jasmine Robles came in for Willis and went to third after Mackin doubled to right field. With runners and second and third, Barr doubled to left field to score Willis and Mackin. After senior right fielder Daisy Gaynor came in to pinch run for Barr, the Aggies brought in reliever Lindsey Benson. Cervantez immediately answered with a single to center field, moving Gaynor to third. After White reached on a fielder's choice to force out Gaynor at home, Garvin took the first pitch she saw and hit a three-run home run down the left field line.
Utah State starter Heather Straight took the loss and fell to 4-6 overall after allowing eight runs on 10 hits while walking three. Benson pitched one inning and allowed two runs on two hits while walking two.
Fresno State, which also collected six doubles in a game against Tulsa on March 7, 1997 and Colorado State on April 26, 1996, improved to 24-13 overall and 4-1 in WAC play.
The Bulldogs will wrap up their three-game series against Utah State (4-21, 0-2 WAC) tomorrow afternoon at 11:00 a.m. (PT).