May 11, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 23 Fresno State softball team endured its second 2-1 loss at home to Nevada as the Bulldogs dropped their opening game of the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
Fresno State notched a 1-0 lead going into the top of the sixth before two Bulldog fielding errors opened the gates for the Wolf Pack, who took full advantage by scoring two runs in the top of the frame. Shortstop Brittany Lorenzen went 3-3 and had both RBI for Nevada with a two-out base hit in the sixth.
The score would stand pat as Nevada pitcher Jordan McPherson, who improved to 19-18 overall, got out of a bases loaded jam with no outs in the bottom of the sixth to stifle any Bulldog comeback.
Mackin took the loss in the circle despite scattering five hits and striking out nine while two unearned runs cross home plate. Falling to 25-11 on the season, the one walk that was allowed by Mackin scored in the top of the sixth after back-to-back fielding errors.
Fresno State (36-16) falls into the loser bracket and must record two wins tomorrow to have the opportunity to advance to championship Saturday. The Bulldogs will meet No. 6 seed Louisiana Tech at 2:30 p.m. and must win that game to advance to the 5:00 p.m. game versus No. 3 seed Hawai'i, which is 2-0 in the tournament.
Other games on tap for tomorrow are New Mexico State vs. San Jose State at 12:00 p.m. That winner will meet Nevada at 7:30 p.m. that evening while the loser is eliminated from the tournament.
Ticket for the WAC Softball Tournament can be purchased on line at www.gobulldogs.com or through the Bulldog Ticket Office at (559) 278-3647.
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