May 20, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Freshman pitcher Robin Mackin delivered it all against No. 12 national seed Stanford. Holding the Cardinal to three hits and striking out seven, she came through at the plate as well by connecting for a two-run home run to give Fresno State a 3-0 cushion an eventual win.
Throwing her second consecutive shutout in NCAA Region VI play, Mackin and the Bulldogs advance to tomorrow's 1:00 p.m. championship game.
Fresno State took a 1-0 lead after three innings of play. With one out in the bottom of the third, junior centerfielder Shannon Garvin walked before senior All-America shortstop Christina Clark doubled to left center to plate Garvin.
In the bottom of the fifth with two outs, freshman third baseman Haley Perkins doubled to right center before Mackin hit her fifth home run of the year to left field.
Stanford had its best scoring opportunity in the second. With two outs and two on via walks, Mackin got the final out when she induced second baseman Tricia Aggabao into a ground out to end the threat.
Mackin improved to 28-12 on the year while posting her 14th shutout. That win moved her into the school's single-season Top 10 list as she now shares the tenth spot with Jamie Southern (28-5, 2005) and Melanie Parrent (28-10, 1988).
Cardinal starter Becky McCullough took the loss and dropped to 10-6 overall after allowing three runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out four.
Offensively for Fresno State, Clark and sophomore first baseman Kristin Sylvester each had two hits. Clark (19) and Perkins (6) each collected a double. For Stanford, Aggabao had two of the team's three hits.
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