No. 23 Bulldogs Drop Extra Inning Decision to San Jose State
May 5, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The No. 23 Fresno State softball team did not take advantage of runners in scoring position as San Jose State utilized the long ball to notch a 2-1, 8 inning Western Athletic Conference victory.
Remaining in first place by virtue of win percentage, the Bulldogs stranded 11 runners, which included leaving a runner on second base in five different innings.
The Spartans used the long ball from designated player Jessica Guillen to notch the win today. The clean up batter collected both runs with a pair of solo shots, including the two-out game winner in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Trailing 1-0 going into the top of the fourth, junior catcher Nichole Willis tied the game with a RBI double to left center. With one out, freshman pitcher Robin Mackin hit a single to right field before scoring all the way from first on the double to left center by Willis that hit the base of the wall.
Mackin, who struck out 10 for her 17th 10-strikeout performance of the season, took the loss and dropped to 24-10 overall. Yielding two runs on five hits she walked four and suffered her second one-run loss in her last three starts.
San Jose State used two pitchers as starter Courtney Lewis recorded a no-decision. Pitching 4.2 innings, she allowed one run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Kelly Harrison picked up her fourth win of the year after allowing four hits with a walk in 3.1 innings of work.
Fresno State (32-15, 10-3 WAC) and San Jose State (23-23, 11-4 WAC) will play a doubleheader tomorrow. The doubleheader will be broadcasted live on 1430 ESPN starting at 12:00 p.m.