April 3, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State softball heads to the silver state for their first Mountain West road series against UNLV. The three-game series is April 5-7 at Eller Media Stadium. The games will be streamed through UNLV's website and fans can also follow the action on GameTracker.
The Fresno State vs. UNLV series began in 1980 with the Bulldogs winning 1-0. The `Dogs lead the overall series with a 47-11 record. The last meeting was in 2012 and the Rebels won both games. The Bulldogs have won five of the last eight games between the `Dogs and UNLV.
Scouting the Rebels
UNLV is 14-21 on the season and 0-3 in Mountain West action. The Rebels have a 9-9 record at home in 2013. The Rebels are hitting .258 on the year with 35 doubles, five triples and 17 home runs. In the circle, the Rebels have a 4.33 ERA with 137 strikeouts in 228 innings of work. Amanda Oliveto is 12-11 on the mound with 119 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .251 on Oliveto, who has a 3.16 ERA. Offensively, Stefany Valentino is hitting .385 in 34 starts with four doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI.
On the Road Again
Fresno State is set to play 10 games on the road in the month of February, 11 in March and a total of 33 away from Bulldog Diamond in 2013. The Bulldogs next road trip is April 5-7 at UNLV. The `Dogs are 3-4 on the road and 6-8 in neutral territory this season.
Mountain West Conference Corner
In the first season in the Mountain West Conference, Fresno State leads in several statistical categories. Brenna Moss leads with 22 stolen bases and six triples, while Maria Sio has tallied a MW best 15 sacrifice hits. Stesha Brazil is in third with seven home runs and trails the leader by one long ball. Hannah Harris has the third best ERA in the league (2.05). The `Dogs have the second best team ERA (2.48) and the most triples in the conference with 13. The Bulldogs also lead with 55 stolen bases.
Harris Shuts Down Nevada
Hannah Harris recorded a 0.00 ERA in two appearances and one start against Nevada to open Mountain West action. She didn't allow a single earned run in 11 innings of work and tossed one complete game. Harris had a 1-1 record and opponents hit .158 against her. She surrendered only six hits. On the season, Harris is 6-3 in the circle and has an overall ERA of 2.05, which is third best in the MW.
Sophomore Maria Sio leads the Bulldogs and the Mountain West with 15 sacrifice hits. She is fourth in the country in sacrifice hits in 2013. Sio has recorded two sacrifice hits in a single-game twice. She has recorded a sacrifice hit in three of the last four games.
`Dogs Collecting Bases
Fresno State is first in the Mountain West in stolen bases. The Bulldogs have stolen a total of 55 and surpassed the 2012 total of 18. Brenna Moss is leading the way with 22, while Stesha Brazil has 12 stolen bases. The `Dogs are on pace to break the single-season stolen base record of 75 set in 1980.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball continues Mountain West action April 5-7 at UNLV. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).
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