FRESNO, Calif. - On a national stage, junior pitcher Michelle Moses tossed her first career no-hitter to power Fresno State to a 5-0 win over No. 20/25 Hawai'i on Friday night before an ESPNU audience.
"It's unreal that this game happened," Moses said. "It feels amazing and it's such an accomplishment not only for me but for this team. I just took one pitch at a time and didn't think about the no-hitter."
Moses became the 19th Bulldog to record a no-hitter while throwing the 66th overall in program history and it came against a nationally-ranked conference rival. The feat was also the first by any pitcher against the Rainbow Wahines since 2007 when future Olympian Monica Abbott threw one while starring at Tennessee.
The victory marked the fourth this season by Fresno State (20-8, 4-0 WAC) against an opponent ranked in the Top 25 of the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN/USA Softball polls. Fresno State also owns wins against then No. 5/6 Michigan (3-1), No. 8/10 Missouri (6-3) and No. 19/18 Oklahoma State (4-3).
"This was a great moment for the team," head coach Margie Wright said. "It's rare for a pitcher to get a no-hitter in their career and Michelle was able to do it against a top rival on national television. There's not enough to say to express how proud I am of my team."
Moses (7-6, 2-0 WAC) showcased a calm focus from start to finish as she won her seventh game of the season and recorded her ninth complete game this year. Her presence garnered praise from Olympic gold medalist Jessica Mendoza, who served ESPNU's color analyst for the game.
"To see Michelle Moses, so calmly feeding off that pressure and the crowd was special," Mendoza said.
The Bulldogs' bats caught fire early with three runs in the first and never looked back while adding a run in the fourth and fifth for the 5-0 win. Fresno State chased UH's starter and 2010 WAC Pitcher of the Year Stephanie Ricketts (15-8) after 4.1 innings.
"Our hitters did their job excellently," Wright said. "I'm very impressed we had nine hits tonight."
During the evening, Moses delivered 11 strikeouts and allowed only a pair of Hawai'i baserunners courtesy of two walks.
Senior catcher Caitlin Stiglich, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, appreciated the opportunity to play on ESPNU and before the Dogs' supportive crowd.
"It was a great game not only because it was against Hawaii and on national television but the crowd and stadium were great," Stiglich said.
The environment also caught the eye of ESPNU's play-by-play announcer Cara Capuano.
"This was my first time in Fresno and I had heard of the mystique of Bulldog Diamond," Capuano said. "I was really impressed with how meticulous the ballpark was and the crowd. Fresno State has earned the support over the years."
Fresno State and Hawai'i will complete the WAC series on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m. at Bulldog Diamond.
"We Are Your Team!" --- Fresno State continues WAC play on Saturday afternoon with the final two regular season games against No. 20/25 Hawai'i. Fans can purchase tickets by logging on to www.gobulldogs.com, calling 559-278-DOGS or by visiting the Bulldog Ticket Office.
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