'Dogs Battle with Aztecs to open NCAA Tournament
May 21, 2010
WESTWOOD, Calif. - Fresno State's comeback fell just a little short as the `Dogs dropped game one of the NCAA Tournament at Easton Stadium on the campus of UCLA Friday afternoon by a score of 3-2 to San Diego State.
The `Dogs fall to 39-20 on the season and will face St. Mary's at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in an elimination game.
Haley Gilleland walked with one out in the third and stole second base. It was her 20th stolen base of the season and the 58th of her career.
Aztec pitcher Samantha Beasley threw a four-pitch walk to Caitlin Stiglich to lead off the fourth. Kaylan Pollard entered to pinch run. The first hit of the game for the `Dogs was a double to left field by Becca Walker, the third of her career.
Moses had the second hit of the game, a single up the middle in the fifth.
San Diego State got on the board first with a double by Jessica Camello in the sixth. A two-run home run by Eva Sahatdjian with two outs gave SDSU the lead. A single by Ashley Rose added another run.
After a single by Gilleland to lead off the seventh, a two-run home run by Moses to left field got the `Dogs within one at 3-2 which would be the final score.
"I thought our team played very well," said head coach Margie Wright. "We left a lot of runners on base and that's something we have to change for the rest of the tournament. Our defense did well and Michelle was good in the circle. We just came up short."
Moses got the loss for the `Dogs in the circle, just the second of her career. She allowed three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Beasley improves to 29-9 in the circle for SDSU. She allowed two runs on five hits with four walks.
2010 NCAA Division I Softball Championship
Regionals: Easton Stadium - Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA) Friday, May 21, 2010
Game 1: San Diego State 3, Fresno State 2
Game 2: No. 5 seed UCLA (40-11) vs. Saint Mary's (30-21), 5:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
"We Are Your Team" - The Bulldogs will face the loser of the UCLA/St. Mary's game on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.