`Dogs Topped By Bengals

Feb. 24, 2013

Box Score

By Theresa Kurtz

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Fresno State softball team concluded the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational with a 6-5 loss to Idaho State on Sunday morning. The Bulldogs (10-8, 0-0 MW) were 3-2 at the tournament hosted by Santa Clara.

Brooke Ortiz recorded her third-straight multi-hit game on Sunday. The junior tallied three hits in three plate appearance and two stolen bases. She also added a run and a walk. Vonnie Martin also recorded a multi-hit game after going 2-for-3with a walk against the Bengals.

Idaho State took an early 2-0 lead over the Bulldogs. The Bengals scored two runs on four hits in the first inning. ISU added another run in the second inning increasing their lead to 3-0.

A day after throwing her first no-hitter, Jill Compton worked 5.2 innings of relief striking out one. The freshman retired 10 batters in order from the second to fifth inning.

The Bulldogs' offense came alive in the fourth inning and catcher Paige Gumz started the `Dogs come back with a RBI double to left field. Third baseman Whitney Smith followed with another RBI double bringing in Fresno State's second run. Senior Diane Runge tied the ball game 3-3 with a single up the middle.

Compton and the defense got three quick outs in the bottom half of the fourth inning allowing the Bulldog offense to get back to the plate. Ortiz scored the go ahead run on a passed ball as the `Dogs lead 4-3.

In the sixth inning, Fresno State added a fifth run with a RBI single from Stesha Brazil. The Bulldogs headed to the bottom of the sixth with a 5-3 lead.

The Bengals rallied in the bottom of the sixth scoring three runs on four hits to take a 6-5 lead. Fresno State hits the road March 1-3 for the San Diego State Classic I hosted by the Aztecs.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball next heads to the San Diego State Classic March 1-3. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).