April 13, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - Saturday night was a special night for the Fresno State softball team. The Bulldogs sponsored Strikeout Cancer Night creating awareness and celebrating cancer survivors. The `Dogs held a blood drive and after the 7-4 win over Boise State, several participants donated their hair to Locks of Love.
"It was amazing. We have people in the stands crying and everyone is getting emotional about it," said head coach Trisha Ford. "Our student-athletes are great people and it's something that we are proud of. This community supports us, so we want to support them. It's awesome that so many were willing to cut-off 10 inches of their own hair."
Five Bulldogs, two members of the Boise State team and 10 members of the community donated 10 inches or more of their own hair. The heart felt gesture brought tears to eyes of those watching and participating.
The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in the series over the Broncos after Saturday night's win. Paige Gumz was perfect on the night at the plate going for 3-for-3 and Brenna Moss also collected three hits. Junior Stesha Brazil was the third Bulldog to record a multi-hit game in the second game of the series.
"Offensively, we had some big hits and put the ball in play," Ford said. We had some great situational hitting. We really got going on the bases, which is our style of softball."
Fresno State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Vonnie Martin hit a two RBI single up the middle. Moss added another run in the second after stealing second base and a throwing error allowed her to cross home plate. In the third inning, Maria Sio executed a suicide squeeze perfectly for a run extending the `Dogs lead 3-0.
Moss led off the fourth inning with a triple, her eighth of the season. Michelle Solomon recorded the RBI as the `Dogs led 5-0. Kapri Angotti hit a single to right center field that plated two more Bulldog runs and Fresno State led 7-0 in the fifth inning.
"It was a great outing by Hannah," said Ford. "She came in and kept the ball down and went after hitters. We were ahead in a lot of counts, which is huge."
Hannah Harris tossed 6.2 scoreless innings against the Broncos and struck out one. The freshman is now 8-5 on the season and has an ERA of 2.07. She limited the Broncos to four hits and did not surrender a walk.
The Broncos scored four runs in the final inning, but Harris stopped the rally and the Bulldogs won 7-4. Fresno State concludes the series against Boise State on Sunday, April 14 at noon.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball hosts Boise State for a three-game Mountain West series April 12-14. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).
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