'Dogs Bunt Past Nevada 4-3

March 30, 2013

Box Score

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State softball defeated Nevada 4-3 in the final game of the series on Saturday afternoon at Bulldog Diamond. The Bulldogs (21-15, 2-1 MW) took the series 2-1 over the Wolf Pack with the win.

"It means a lot to come out and get this win," said sophomore Brenna Moss. "We came out working hard and were prepared for this. Yesterday was a tough loss, but we came out hard and fought for the win."

Sophomore Michelle Solomon drove in the winning runs in the second inning, which gave the `Dogs the lead 4-3. The Bulldogs maintained the lead over the Wolf Pack to win and take their first Mountain West series 2-1.

Nevada opened the game with three runs in the first inning taking an early 3-0 lead. Fresno State answered in the bottom half of the inning with two runs after Whitney Smith brought home two with a single to right field as the `Dogs trailed 3-2.

"It's a great feeling to get the win," said head coach Trisha Ford. "We made it a goal this year to win every series to be in a good situation at the end of the year. It was great that we came out with a lot of energy. Nevada came out and scored three runs, but we came back scoring two runs in the first inning and another two in the second."

In the second inning, the Bulldogs played small ball perfectly to manufacture the runs needed to take the lead. Fresno State laid down three consecutive bunts to put runners in scoring position.

"Coach is always telling us it's all about the small things," Moss said. "It's not all about the game-winning home run. It's about the small things like moving the runners over and getting a bunt down. Today we took care of the small things."

Maria Sio started the innings with a bunt down the first base line for a single. Kapri Angotti advanced the runner with a sacrifice bunt, which brought Moss to the plate. Moss laid down the perfect bunt and reached safely, but also moved to second base on the same play to put two Bulldogs in scoring position.

Solomon ripped a single to right field, which allowed both Sio and Moss to score giving the Bulldogs the lead.

Hannah Harris earned her second win of the week on Saturday afternoon against Nevada. The freshman worked four innings of relief without allowing a run and gave up only three hits. She had a 0.38 ERA on the week and has thrown 16 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run.

Nevada threatened in the top of the seventh inning, but heads up defensive play from Vonnie Martin and Stesha Brazil got the lead runner out at third base.

The Bulldogs outhit Nevada 9-7 on the day and 28-21 on the series. Solomon and catcher Paige Gumz led the team with two hits each in the final game of the series. Gumz led the series with a .625 average (5-for-8) and also tallied two RBI.

Fresno State heads to UNLV next for a three-game series April 5-7.

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