Monday, March 25, 2013

Fresno State pounds out 26 hits at Cal Poly

In the only action involving a Mountain West softball team Monday, Fresno State traveled to Cal Poly and split a doubleheader with the Mustangs.  The Bulldogs won the nightcap 6-1 in nine innings when the offense exploded for 16 hits, including seven in the ninth inning alone.  It came after Cal Poly came from behind late to defeat the Bulldogs in the opener 6-5.  In game two, freshman Hannah Harris pitched all nine innings and allowed just one single to the Mustangs over the game's final six innings.  Harris improved to 5-3 with her 5-hitter.  Kapri Angotti, Diane Runge and Michelle Solomon all had three hits for Fresno State in the nightcap as the Bulldogs had a season-high 16 in the game. In the ninth inning, they sent 11 to the plate and, during one stretch, seven of eight batters had hits. For the doubleheader, Angotti had five hits, Vonnie Martin and Solomon had four, Paige Gumz and Brenna Moss three, and Stesha Brazil had four RBI.  In the opener, Martin led the Bulldogs offensively with three hits, but couldn't come up with a hit with the game on the line in the seventh.  After Gumz and Whitney Smith both singled with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to keep Fresno State's hopes alive in the first game, Martin (who had been 3-for-3 until that point) hit into a force play to end it and give the Mustangs the 1-run win.  Pitcher Jill Compton twice couldn't hold leads against a Cal Poly team that came into Monday's doubleheader 11-19-1 overall.  The Bulldogs scored three runs in the third inning of the opener to take a 3-1 lead when Gumz and Brazil hit sacrifice flies, and Solomon hit an RBI double.  After Cal Poly tied it in the fourth, Fresno State went back ahead in the top of the sixth.  Smith walked, and the Bulldogs got three straight hits -- from Martin, pinch hitter Kelly Megee and Angotti -- and Smith scored, while Martin was thrown out at home.  Taking a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth, Compton gave up an RBI single and a 2-run home run as the Mustangs went in front 6-4.  The Bulldogs scored a run in the seventh to make it close.  Fresno State out-hit Cal Poly 26-14 in the doubleheader and the Bulldogs improved to 19-14 overall, and now lead the all-time series between the schools 38-11. The losing pitcher in the nightcap was Cal Poly's Jordan Yates.