May 10, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Vonnie Martin hit two solo home runs, including one to lead off the eighth inning and give the Fresno State softball team a 4-3, extra-inning victory over San Jose State Thursday night at the NM State Softball Complex.
The Bulldogs (34-22) fought off elimination in the WAC Tournament on what was the 1,999th game of head coach Margie Wright's 33-year coaching career.
"I can't say enough about our team. I don't think anybody understands how tough that was to come back and play today after losing 17-7," Wright said in reference to Fresno State's loss to LA Tech in the opening game of the tournament. "I give Michelle [Moses] a lot of credit. She pitched a really great game and Vonnie, what can you say about Vonnie? She was terrific."
Fresno State was 0-4 in extra-inning games this year, but Martin put an end to that with her bat.
She was 2-for-4 in the game and now has three home runs in two games at the WAC Tournament. Martin has driven in five of Fresno State's 11 runs in Las Cruces.
Michelle Moses threw a complete game in the circle to pick up the win for the Bulldogs. She overcame six walks to pick up her 22nd win of the season. SJSU had six hits off of her and Moses fanned six batters, including the last two in the bottom of the eighth to close out the game.
Martin got the Bulldogs started with a solo home run to left-center in the second inning.
SJSU got that run back in the third on a RBI double from Michelle Cox.
However, the Bulldogs scored one run in both the fourth and fifth innings to go up by two.
The fourth-inning run came home on a Spartan error and in the fifth Stesha Brazil lined a homer on a rope just over the left-field fence.
After Moses walked three-straight batters to start the sixth inning, Vanessa House and Annica Wolfe had back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game up at three.
That pushed the game into extra innings, where Martin led off the eighth with the opposite-field solo home run to win it for the Bulldogs.
Fresno State will now face the winner of the Nevada and Louisiana Tech game at 3:30 p.m. PT Friday. The elimination game will be the 2,000th game of Wright's career.
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