Friday, March 24, 2017

Fresno State hits 2 grand slams in 9-0 rout of Boise State

For the first time in the long and storied history of Fresno State softball, the Bulldogs hit grand slams in back-to-back innings Friday, on their way to a 9-0 (five innings) rout of Boise State at rainy Margie Wright Diamond.

In the first inning, Savannah McHellon hit her fifth home run of the season, and first grand slam, to put the Bulldogs up 4-0 early.  McHellon's shot to left was a no-doubter from the time it left her bat.  One batter later, Boise State senior ace Christina Washington, who entered the game with an 11-3 record and ERA under 2.00, was pulled.  But Fresno State's bats continued hitting.

In the bottom of the second, Vanessa Hernandez went deep with the Bulldogs' second grand slam in two innings, another deep shot over the fence in left.  Just like McHellon's blast, it was the fifth home run of the year by Hernandez.  It would be Fresno State's third grand slam of the week, following a Tuesday win over Cal State Bakersfield, where Morgan Howe launched a grand slam of her own.

And while the Bulldogs were enjoying a big day at the plate, sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung was mowing down Boise State, which entered the game 20-7 overall and ninth in the nation in team batting average (albeit against one of the country's weaker schedules).  Dung allowed just three hits in her fifth complete-game shutout of the season, and struck out seven.

In other games, San Diego State beat Colorado State 9-4 in Fort Collins behind a double-digit hit attack, and New Mexico edged UNLV 3-2 in Las Vegas as the teams scored all five of their runs in the seventh inning.  Utah State and Nevada were postponed by weather in Reno and will play two Saturday.