LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In a battle of Western Athletic Conference unbeatens, the No. 23/25 Fresno State softball team blitzed New Mexico State early and cruised to a 9-1 series opening run-rule victory on Friday night in Las Cruces.
Fresno State junior pitcher Michelle Moses went 2-for-3, ripped a two-run home run (No. 9 overall this season), totaled three RBI and crossed home three times.
Bulldog shortstop Haley Gilelland also scored three times in four at bats to lead the Bulldogs' first run-rule win this year and second-highest scoring production in a game this season.
"It is good to start off a series with a `W'," Gilleland said. "This gives us some momentum, but we need to be ready to go again tomorrow."
In total, seven of Fresno State's nine batters recorded a hit in the rout.
Fresno State pounded NMSU ace Alex Newman, who lasted only 2.2 innings after allowing 10 hits and eight runs.
The Bulldogs tallied a run in the first, three in the second, four in the third and capped the win with one more in the fifth. In the shortened five-inning contest, Fresno State still managed to belt 12 hits, including three extra base-hits.
"The team is feeling good," Gilleland said. "We need to stay focused on getting runners on base and put hits together instead of relying on one big hit."
Gilleland improved her Fresno State stolen base record to 77 with a second-inning swipe.
In the circle, Moses (9-7, 4-0 WAC) tossed a complete game, scattered four hits and allowed a lone run in the fourth.
Fresno State (23-9, 7-0 WAC) remained perfect in WAC action while New Mexico State dropped to 27-12 overall and 6-1 against WAC opponents.
The teams will meet twice on Saturday with the first game starting at 1 p.m. Pacific. Both games can be viewed on KAIL-53 in the San Joaquin Valley.
"We Are Your Team!" --- Fresno State continues its first-place showdown at New Mexico State 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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