Bulldogs Shuck No. 16/20 Nebraska 1-0
    Diane Runge scored the game winning run in the tenth during NCAA Regional action.
    Diane Runge scored the game winning run in the tenth during NCAA Regional action.

    May 20, 2011

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    PALO ALTO, Calif. - Fresno State's Michelle Moses and Nebraska's Ashley Hagemann went toe-to-toe in a tense ten-inning pitcher's duel before the Bulldogs used small ball to perfection for a 1-0 NCAA Stanford Regional victory over the 16th-ranked Huskers on Friday afternoon at Smith Family Stadium.

    After nine scoreless innings, the Dogs' speedster Diane Runge scored the game-winner from second in the tenth frame when she scored on a Demi Walker two-out lightning hot single and Husker shortstop Gabby Banda's throwing error into right field foul territory.

    Runge pinch ran for Courtney Moore, who led off the tenth and painfully took a Hagemann pitch on her backside for the free pass.

    Senior first baseman Caitlin Stiglich then dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Runge into scoring position.

    The win propelled Fresno State (35-17) into a winner's bracket showdown with No. 11/12 Stanford on Saturday at noon.

    Moses (16-11) dealt a 10-strikeout performance while she tossed her fifth complete game shutout of the season.

    The stirring effort, which included a series of key defensive plays by Fresno State junior leftfielder Andrea Ortega and Haley Gilleland, also marked Moses' fifth win over a Top 25 opponent this season and the Bulldogs' seventh overall against a nationally-ranked team.

    Hagemann (29-12) suffered the loss despite throwing a season-high 17 strikeouts - two shy of the junior ace's career-high of 19 in 2009 against North Dakota. Hagemann - a All-Big XII Conference selection - also allowed just two hits over her ten innings of nearly dominant work.

    Nebraska fell to 39-13 on the year and must survive a Saturday elimination game at 3 p.m. against Big West champion Pacific, who lost 3-0 to the Cardinal in other Friday action at the Stanford Regional.

    Fresno State is now 13-7 all-time versus Nebraska and 4-2 against the Cornhuskers in NCAA Tournament play.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    Margie Wright, Head Softball Coach

    On Ortega's seventh-inning two-out game-saving catch:

    o "When there's two outs, a runner on second, and it's the bottom of the inning, you don't have a choice. Somebody has to catch it."

    On the defense making big plays:

    o "In the (tenth) inning, the play that Haley made on the short (hop) was `Major League.' It was a well hit ball and she played it just right."

    On Nebraska pitcher Ashley Hagemann:

    o "She pitched a very good game and was tough to hit. It was tough to get your bat on the ball. For a while we were really struggling with it. I thought she did a very good job."

    On the long road of this tournament:

    o "You play one game at a time. You know where you want to be at the end. But it's usually a tough road to get there. No matter how you go, every game is a tough game at this point. I give a lot of credit to our team today for the perseverance throughout that whole game. They really stayed sharp and on top of things, and I give them a lot of credit.

    Michelle Moses, Jr., Pitcher

    On the defense making big plays:

    o "We have a great defensive team and when they're colliding to catch a ball and the ball stays off the ground, it's a great feeling to know that the ball can be hit and our defense is going to be in place"

    On Nebraska pitcher Ashely Hagemann:

    o "She had a lot of movement on the ball. She is a great pitcher. It's tough when it comes down to that one hard hit that makes the difference. Luckily today we came out on top."

    "We Are You Team!" - Fresno State will head to its NCAA record 30th postseason tournament May 20-22 for the Stanford Regional. You can always stay connected with Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@FSAthletics).

     

     

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