May 6, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The No. 23 Fresno State softball team got the timely hits it needed and came away with a 6-1 Western Athletic Conference road victory over San Jose State.
Knocking out 11 hits, the Bulldogs collected their 11th conference victory of the season. Highlighting the game offensively was senior All-America shortstop Christina Clark's 61st career home run, tying her for No. 10 all-time in the NCAA Division I history book, and her becoming just the second 'Dog to tally four consecutive 100-total base season.
In the circle, freshman right hander Robin Mackin threw a three-hitter, walked two and struck out 13 to notch her 25th win of the season. The 13 strikeout performance was her 18th of the year -- one shy of tying the freshman and school single-season mark.
The 'Dogs got things rolling in the third inning when senior right fielder Daisy Gaynor led the frame off with a triple to right field. After center fielder Shannon Garvin popped out, Clark drove the first pitch she saw over the 7-foot fence in dead center for her seventh long ball of the year for a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, San Jose State picked up its run on a RBI double by senior designated player Jessica Guillen to cut the lead in half.
Fresno State answered back with three runs in the top of the fifth. Gaynor drew a walk to lead off the inning. Garvin then singled to left field. Clark followed with a RBI single down the left field line to score Gaynor. After Garvin and Clark each moved up a base on the throw home, freshman third baseman Haley Perkins beat out an infield hit to plate Garvin. With runners on the corners, Clark would score on a wild pitch.
In the seventh, the Bulldogs notched their final run on a two-out error as Clark, who went 3-4 with three runs and three RBI in the game, scored after reaching on a base hit to lead off the inning.
San Jose State starter Kelly Harrison took the loss and dropped to 4-8 overall after allowing five runs on seven hits with a walk in four innings. Reliever Regina Farfan pitched the final three innings and allowed one run (unearned) on four hits with a strikeout.
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