Jackson Leads Softball Past Fresno State, 5-3
April 26, 2013
Junior Patrice Jackson (Kansas City, Mo.) was 3-for-3 with two homers and five RBIs to lead the San Diego State softball team to a 5-3 victory over Fresno State Friday at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs improved to 29-16 overall and now own sole possession of first place in the Mountain West with a 7-3 record.
Jackson had at two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, an RBI double in the third and another two-run homer in the fifth to account for all of SDSU's runs. Jackson now has 15 home runs on the season, which is tied for the second most in a season in program history.
The Bulldogs (26-21, 7-6 MW) scored two runs in the sixth on a two-run homer by Michelle Solomon right after a San Diego State error and another in the seventh on a solo home run by Brenna Moss.
Senior right-hander Rebecca Arbino (Clovis, Calif.) picked up the win after allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits over seven innings. She had eight strikeouts.
Arbino got out of a few jams, including in the second when Stesha Brazil led off with the triple and failed to score after Arbino retired the next three batters she faced. Arbino also stranded two runners in the third, a runner in scoring position in the sixth and two runners on in the seventh. She is 17-10 on the season.
The Aztecs and Fresno State meet again at 1 p.m. PT Saturday.
NOTES: SDSU improved to 17-5 in night games, 17-2 when scoring five or more runs, 11-4 when scoring in the first inning, 25-6 when scoring first, 20-2 when leading after five innings and 29-8 when leading at any point in the game ... RF Patrice Jackson recorded her 16th multi-hit game of the season (second on team), eighth multi-RBI game (second on team) and sixth multi-run contest (first on team) ... San Diego State improved to 18-5 this season when it homers (11-11 when homerless) and 11-2 when Jackson homers ... Jackson has at least one home run in three straight games for the second time this season (also April 5-7) ... With her big game, Jackson is now ranked second all-time with the Aztecs in home runs (26) and sixth in extra-base hits (49) ... Among the single-season leaders at SDSU, Jackson moved up to second (tied) in home runs (15), third in total bases (104) and fourth in extra-base hits (24) ... 2B Tiffany Corder had her second multi-run game of 2013 ... C Kristin May recorded her 12th double of the year, which is tied for ninth in San Diego State's single-season history ... RHP Rebecca Arbino's eight strikeouts gives her 170 for the season, which is the 10th most ever recorded by an Aztec.
San Diego State 5, Fresno State 3
Fresno State (26-21, 7-6 MW) 000 002 1 -- 3 9 1
San Diego State (29-16, 7-3 MW) 201 020 x -- 5 5 1
Compton and Gumz; Arbino and Kr. May
W - Arbino, 17-10; L - Compton, 12-13
HR: San Diego State, Jackson 2 (15); Fresno State, Solomon (5), Moss (1)