April 26, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - After an impressive comeback for a 3-2 win in eight innings in game one of the doubleheader vs. No. 24 Hawai'i, the No. 10 Fresno State softball team wowed the largest crowd of the year at Bulldog Diamond by defeating Hawai'i again in eight innings, 2-1, in game two Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs improved to 45-8 on the year and 11-3 in the WAC, currently in second place behind No. 20 Nevada.
Hawai'i would strike first in game one and take a 2-0 lead in the second off back-to-back solo home runs by Clare Warwick and Valana Manuma.
Andrea Ortega would get the first hit of the game for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the third, a leadoff double to left center field.
Ashley White would hit the Bulldogs second double of the day to leadoff the bottom of the fifth. Mallory Perkins would enter to pinch run and reach third on a single to left field by Andrea Ortega. Ortega would reach second on the throw.
Petersen would clear the bases with a two-RBI double down the right field line, her second of the year to tie the game at 2-2.
Jenna Cervantez would hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Bulldogs the 3-2 victory.
It was the second home run in as many days for Cervantez as she now has 12 on the season, to tie her for ninth in a single-season.
Petersen picked up her third win of the year to improve to 3-0 in just her sixth appearance. She allowed just four hits and no runs in five innings. She also leads the team with a .571 hitting percentage.
Melloh struck out four batters in three innings pitched and earned a no decision.
The `Dogs ended with 10 hits in the game while Hawai'i had 11.
Rainbow Wahine starting pitcher Kate Robinson would drive in a run for a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs would tie the game in the bottom of the sixth as Nicole Angene and Melloh would hit back-to-back singles with two outs. Perkins would hit in Angene from second with a single to left field.
The Bulldogs had 11 hits, led by Haley Perkins, Cervantez, Ortega and Angene with two each.
Melloh improved to 33-5 on the year as she had seven strikeouts. Her 33 wins ties her for third in the single season record books at Fresno State.
It would be the Bulldogs seventh extra inning game of the season as they improve to 5-2 in those games.
The Bulldogs will host St. Mary's the final non-conference doubleheader of the season on April 30, beginning at 6 p.m.
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