Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Seventh inning rally propels Fresno State to win

Fresno State rallied late, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday for a 3-2 win over Cal State Bakersfield in front of a crowd of 1,153 fans at Bulldog Diamond.

The offense finally got going in the sixth and seventh innings for the Bulldogs, who narrowly avoided an embarrassing home loss to the Roadrunners, who are now 1-8 on the season.  Fresno State improved to 7-6 and snapped a 5-game losing streak that was tied for the longest in school history.

The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth.  Designated hitter Vonnie Martin delivered the team's first clutch hit of the game with a hard hit, 2-out single up the middle to score Stesha Brazil, who walked earlier in the frame.

Down 2-1 with one away in the bottom of the seventh and no one on base, speedy Diane Runge beat out an infield single that gave Fresno State hope.  Outfielder Brenna Moss then laced a triple that rolled to the wall in right-center, scoring Runge and knotting the score at 2-2.  It was the fourth triple of the year already for Moss.

Still with one out and Moss at third, Brooke Ortiz roped a single to medium deep right field and Moss raced home for the walk-off victory.  Taylor Langdon, who entered in relief of starter Hannah Harris, earned the win by allowing one run on five hits in three innings of work.  Harris pitched well, allowing just a run on five hits in four innings and struck out three.  Neither of the Bulldog freshman pitchers walked a batter.

Fresno State struggled offensively, stranding runners in scoring position in four of the first six innings before the late-game heroics.  Cal State Bakersfield got a season high in hits (10), doubling its previous high of only five.  The Roadrunners have not scored more than two runs in a game this season.

Ortiz and Runge had two hits each to pace Fresno State's 8-hit attack.  Martin, Moss and Ortiz had the Bulldogs' three RBI.