Bulldogs Take Two from BYU
    Michelle Moses had her fourth career multi-home run game in the second game of Friday's doubleheader
    Michelle Moses had her fourth career multi-home run game in the second game of Friday's doubleheader

    March 30, 2012

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    By Jason Clay

    FRESNO, Calif. - Senior Michelle Moses led the Fresno State softball team to a pair of victories over BYU in Friday night's doubleheader at Bulldog Diamond by picking up two wins in the circle and hitting two home runs.

    Fresno State won game one 3-1 and came back from a 3-0 deficit in the top of the first inning of game two to win a wild one 10-9. BYU fell to 21-10 overall and 3-2 in the WAC when it entered the weekend atop the league standings. The Bulldogs (24-13, 4-1 WAC) now move ahead of the Cougars to the top of the leaderboard.

    "I felt like our team showed a lot of character tonight and really bowed up and did a great job of coming back in that game," head coach Margie Wright said. "I really felt like they played really hard tonight and played well."

    Moses' two home runs both came in game two, giving her the fourth multi-home run game of her career. She now has 14 homers this year and 55 in her career. Courtney Moore also hit two home runs on the evening, one in each game and her and Moses hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning of game two.

    "I felt like our team did a good job hitting today," Wright said after her team posted 12 hits in the second game. "Their tough pitchers to hit and I felt like we did a good job."

    In the circle, Moses started game one and only allowed three hits and one unearned run in her 18th complete game of the season. She entered the second game with the bases loaded and a one-run lead in the fourth. Moses got the `Dogs out of that jam and was able to come away with the win to improve her record to 14-9 on the year.



    "To come out here so strong today was awesome," Moses said. "We just need to take this and run with it the rest of the WAC and win the thing."

    Moses didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning of game one and she struck out five of the first seven batters she faced, four of them looking.

    Meanwhile, Moore led off the second inning with a solo home run. Later in the same frame, Maria Sio had a two-out, two-run single to push Fresno State's lead up to 3-0.

    That lead held until the seventh inning when Carly Duckworth broke up Moses' shutout with a RBI single. Moses, however, would allow BYU to get nothing more and the `Dogs won game one 3-1.

    Game two started off with BYU taking a 3-0 in the first inning. The Bulldogs climbed back with one run in the bottom of the first and then took the lead in the third with three runs, two off of Moses' first homer.

    The Cougars tied it up at four, but Fresno State exploded with four runs in the fourth and two in the fifth. Stesha Brazil and Sio both had two RBIs apiece in the fourth and Moses and Moore hit back-to-back solo home runs in the fifth. It was the second time this year the Bulldogs hit back-to-back jacks.

    That made it a 10-4 game, but BYU made it interesting by cutting the lead down to one with five runs in the sixth. Freshman Kiley Shae Aldridge came in and preserved the win to pick up her first career save.

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