Dogs' Rally Comes Up Just Short in 11
    Senior Caitlin Stiglich delivered a two-out, two-strike RBI single to force extra innings on Tuesday afternoon.
    Senior Caitlin Stiglich delivered a two-out, two-strike RBI single to force extra innings on Tuesday afternoon.

    April 5, 2011

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    STOCKTON, Calif. - The Bulldog softball team rallied from a four-run deficit before painfully dropping a road non-conference game to Pacific Tigers 5-4 after 11 innings.

    Pacific (22-12) jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a run in the second and three more in the third off Bulldog starter Mackenzie Oakes.

    Head Coach Margie Wright replaced Oakes with reigning WAC Pitcher of the Week Michelle Moses in the third.

    In the top of fourth, Fresno State designated player Courtney Moore launched a solo home run to left to start the comeback.

    The Bulldogs pulled within two in the fifth as Rebecca Hall and Haley Gilleland smacked back-to-back doubles that resulted in Hall scoring to make cut Pacific's advantage to 4-2.

    A gutsy seventh-inning rally started when Gilleland drew a one-out walk followed by a Brooke Ortiz single to left. Tiger pitcher Nikki Armagost then hit Moses with a pitch to load the bases with one out.

    After Moore grounded into a fielder's choice that retired Gilleland at home, but allowed Ortiz to scamper home on a throwing error by the Tigers' catcher Amy Moore to pull the Dogs back within one.

    Caitlin Stiglich, a senior with a history of coming through in clutch situations throughout her Bulldog career, landed a two-out, two-strike RBI single in left field grass to plate Moses and even the score at 4-4.

    In the bottom of the seventh, Moses mowed down the Tigers that forced the third extra-inning game of the year for the Bulldogs.

    Despite giving themselves multiple opportunities to take the lead in extra innings, Fresno State couldn't muster a run and lost on a heartbreaker of a spinning slap hit that bounced away from the Dogs' charging shortstop Gilleland in the 11th inning to score UOP's Kelsey Rodriguez.

     

     

    The run snapped a 28.1 scoreless streak by Moses that dated back to a 10-1 win at LA Tech and ended the Bulldogs' seven-game win streak.

    Fresno State moved to 2-1 in extra-inning games this season as the Bulldogs previously earned an 11-inning 5-4 win over Sacramento State and a nine-frame 2-1 victory at Louisiana Tech.

    The Dogs will return to WAC action in a critical first-place showdown at New Mexico State on Friday and Saturday during a three-game series in Las Cruces, N.M.

    Both teams enter the weekend an undefeated 6-0 against conference opponents.

    "We Are Your Team!" --- Fresno State will visit New Mexico State (April 8-9) for a first-place showdown before returning to Bulldog Diamond to host San Jose State on April 15 at 6 p.m. and an April 16 doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m. Make sure to stay connected with Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@FSAthletics).

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