May 4, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State softball team set two new single season records in the its 2-1 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night in Bulldog Diamond. The Bulldogs (29-22, 10-7 MW) set a new single season record for stolen bases in a season reaching 77 tonight, while sophomore Brenna Moss reached 29 stolen bases on the year setting a new individual single season record.
The previous team record 75 stolen bases by the 1980 team and the Bulldogs broke the record after collecting three stolen bases on Saturday. The previous individual record was 27 set by Karen Tabor in 1980 and Haley Gilleland tied in 2011. Moss set the new record in the first inning of the game.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the third inning after a clutch another clutch hit from Vonnie Martin. The third baseman singled to left fielding as her hitting streak grew to 12 games and she plated two runs to give the `Dogs the lead 2-0.
"I started off looking for an outside pitch and I knew she was going to come back inside when I didn't swing at it in my previous at-bat," said Martin of her key at-bat. "I did the best I could with it. It wasn't what I expected, but what we needed at the moment."
New Mexico scored its first run of the series in the top of the sixth inning to cut Fresno State's lead 2-1. The Bulldogs ended the top of the seventh inning with a double play, which second baseman Whitney Smith back-handed the ball to shortstop Maria Sio, who quickly threw the ball to first base beating the runner and giving the `Dogs the win 2-1.
"We scrapped it together and I think we did well and got the job done," said head coach Trisha Ford. "Vonnie came up big for us again and Brenna got a great jump, so we were able to score two on a single. We had the clutch hit when we needed it."
Hannah Harris recorded the win on the mound and is 9-7 on the year. She tossed six scoreless innings giving up a run and six hits. Harris sat down seven in order from the fourth to the top of the sixth and recorded one strikeout.
"Hannah did well today and battled through," said Ford. "She didn't have her best stuff, but was able to piece together a great game. She made big pitches when she needed to and did a great job of inducing ground ball outs."
The `Dogs outhit the Lobos 7-6 with Martin leading the way with two hits and two RBI. She was the only Bulldog to record a multi-hit game, which was her 11th of the season.
Fresno State will honor its 2013 senior class prior to its final game at Bulldog Diamond on Sunday, May 5. The Bulldogs also wrap up the series against New Mexico and first pitch is set for 1 p.m.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball hosts New Mexico for their final three-game Mountain West series May 3-5. 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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