April 17, 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Fresno State softball team (24-16, 8-4) wrapped up its non-conference slate with a frustrating 1-0 loss at Santa Clara (7-26, 2-4) Thursday afternoon.
After a scoreless first six innings, the Broncos collected four of their six hits in the seventh inning en route to their seventh win of the year.
The first two singles were infield choppers to shortstop and second base by Rochelle Rivera and Stephanie Fisher. After a fly out to left field, Breezy Bernard and Geenamarie Bonilla followed with singles to center field to give the Broncos their third one-run win this year (and second this week after topping BYU, 2-1).
Three Bulldogs hit safely once - sophomore second baseman Whitney Smith (1-for-2), sophomore catcher Paige Gumz (1-for-3) and freshman left fielder Kierra Willis (1-for-3), while senior third baseman Vonnie Martin also reached base via a walk.
Smith has now hit safely in 16 of the last 17 contests, and is batting .446 in that stretch (29-for-65, 4 2B, 3 BB). Similarly, Gumz has hit safely in 13 of the last 16 contests with a .386 average in the latter stretch (with Willis just ahead of her at .389).
The `Dogs stranded five runners in the game, including two in the second inning after a pair of one-out singles by Gumz and Willis. However, a pair of fielder's choice outs at second base ended the inning.
Two more Bulldogs reached in the third inning after Smith singled and Martin walked with two outs, but a fly out ended the inning.
Unfortunately afterwards, Fresno State had its final 12 batters retired in order.
Likewise, `Dog sophomore starter Hannah Harris (7-7) also logged three straight 1-2-3 innings in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings (as well as the first and second innings).
For the game, the current MW Pitcher of the Week struck out one, walked none, allowed six hits altogether, and one earned run. She threw only 57 pitches in her 6.1 innings - including 42 strikes - en route to her sixth complete game of the season.
Bronco starter Ciara Gonzales (4-11) pitched seven innings, struck out three, walked one, and yielded three hits in her second shutout of the year.
At the plate, six Santa Clara players hit safely once.
On defense, Fresno State turned its 20th double play of the campaign in the first inning on a 1-6-3 play - a category the team ranked 12th nationally in last week.
Looking ahead, the `Dogs have the weekend off from competition, then return for a pair of three-game MW series at San Jose State next Tuesday-Wednesday, April 22-23, and at home Friday-Sunday, April 25-27.
Santa Clara 1, Fresno State 0 (Apr 17, 2014 at Santa Clara, Calif.)
Fresno State 000 000 0 - 0 3 0 (24-16) Santa Clara 000 000 1 - 1 6 1 (7-26)
Pitchers: Fresno State - Harris, Hannah and . Santa Clara - GONZALES and . Win-GONZALES(4-11) Loss-HARRIS, Hannah(7-7) T-1:04 A-200. Weather: 66 degrees and partly cloudy.
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