May 13, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior first baseman/catcher Caitlin Stiglich powered the No. 2 `Dogs to a 5-4 victory in their opening game of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament against No. 3 Boise State on Thursday afternoon at the New Mexico State Softball Complex.
The `Dogs improve to 37-17 overall and will face No. 1 Hawai'i on Friday at 1 p.m. PST in the winners bracket. Boise State drops to the consolation bracket with a 27-31 overall record and will face LA Tech tonight at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs in the first inning got three-straight hits by All-WAC honorees Haley Gilleland, Andrea Ortega and Michelle Moses. A double to left center by Caitlin Stiglich cleared the bases for a 3-0 lead.
With one out in the third, Megan Yurek hit a solo home run to left field off for the Broncos to get them on the board.
With two outs in the fifth, Kathy Cox got the Broncos within one, 3-2, with a solo home run to left field.
Cox tied the game with a two-run home run to left field with two outs in the seventh.
Singles by Ortega and Moses and a fielder's choice by Courtney Moore loaded the bases with one out for the `Dogs in the seventh. A sacrifice fly by Stiglich to left field drove in Ortega for the 5-4 victory.
"I didn't know if it was deep enough," said Stiglich of her hit to left field. "But went Andrea went I was hoping she would get there and she did."
The `Dogs had five runs on 11 hits, led by Moses with three singles. Ortega added two hits and Phipps had two doubles.
Moses got the start in the circle for the `Dogs but left with no decision in the seventh. She allowed four runs on six hits with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Morgan Melloh entered in the seventh and got the final out. Melloh earned the victory and improves to 17-9 on the year.
"It was a total team effort today," Ortega said. "Our pitchers were great and the players were hitting in RBIs. We know Hawai'i and they know us. It's one game at a time."
Aubray Zell allowed five runs, four earned, on 11 hits with three strikeouts in 6.2 innings. She drops to 9-9.
WAC Tournament Scores
SJSU 6, LA Tech 5
Boise State 9, NMSU 8
Hawai'i 16, SJSU 8 (6 innings)
Fresno State 5, Boise State 4
SJSU 9, NMSU 8 (NMSU eliminated)
Boise State 8, LA Tech 2 (LA Tech eliminated)
Fresno State vs. Hawai'i - 1 p.m.
Boise State vs. SJSU (elimination game) - 3:30 p.m.
Fresno State/Hawai'i loser vs. Boise State/SJSU winner (elimination game, winner to championship) - 6 p.m.
Fresno State will be the home team tomorrow. Fans can watch the game on BSN/KAIL, listen live on 790 The Deuce ESPN Radio.
"We Are Your Team" - Follow the Bulldog softball team as they head to next week's Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M., May 12-15 as the No. 2 seed. Follow on BSN/KAIL, ESPN Radio and www.gobulldogs.com.
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