Aztec Softball Downs Fresno State, 3-2
April 27, 2013
The San Diego State softball team remained in sole possession of first place in the Mountain West with a 3-2 victory over Fresno State Saturday at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs improved to 30-16 on the season and 8-3 in league play, while the Bulldogs dropped to 26-22 and 7-7.
After FS took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Vonnie Martin that scored Brenna Moss, SDSU tied it in the second when senior Tiffany Corder's (San Clemente, Calif.) sacrifice fly plated freshman Monica Downey (San Diego/Madison HS).
The score would remain 1-1 until the fourth, when San Diego State loaded the bases with one out for the third time of the game on back-to-back singles by sophomore Kayla Jordan (San Diego/Bonita Vista HS) and Corder, and an intentional walk to junior Patrice Jackson (Kansas City, Mo.). Senior Lorena Bauer (San Diego/Steele Canyon HS) then ripped a ground-rule double to left-center field to score both Jordan and Corder and put the Aztecs up by a 3-1 margin.
Fresno State got one back in the fifth when Whitney Smith, who reached on an error, scored on a Brenna Moss single.
SDSU freshman left-hander Danielle O'Toole (Upland, Calif.), however, retired seven of the final eight Bulldogs she faced to clinch the win. For the game, O'Toole (12-6) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over seven innings. She struck out three without issuing a walk.
Jordan had three hits, a run and a stolen base for San Diego State, which outhit FS, 9-5, for the game. Bauer had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, while Corder had an RBI, run and single. Jackson, who yesterday was 3-for-3 with two homers, a double and five RBIs in the Aztecs' 5-3 win over Fresno State, reached all four times with three walks (two intentional) and a hit by pitch.
SDSU and the Bulldogs wrap up the three-game series at 1 p.m. PT Sunday.
NOTES: San Diego State improved to 11-4 on Saturday's, 27-5 when scoring three or more runs, 21-2 when leading after five innings, 25-3 when outhitting its opponent and 30-8 when leading at any point in the game ... LF Kayla Jordan recorded her 15th multi-hit game of the season (third on team) ... DP Lorena Bauer had her 18th multi-hit game of the year and 11th multi-RBI contest, both the most on the team ... Bauer had her 34th career double, which ties for third on the Aztec all-time list (also Kellie Nordhagen (1999-02) and Erryn Gutjahr (1996-99)) ... RF Patrice Jackson was 0-for-0 with three walks (two intentional) and a hit by pitch ... Fourteen of the 15 pitches Jackson saw today were balls ... Jackson has reached safely in all seven plate appearances (three hits, three walks, one hit by pitch) in the series so far ... LHP Danielle O'Toole tied a school record with a three-pitch sixth inning with all three outs going to LF Dominique Dinner ... SDSU left a season-high 12 runners on base.
San Diego State 3, Fresno State 2
Fresno State (26-22, 7-7 MW) 100 010 0 -- 2 5 1
San Diego State (30-16, 8-3 MW) 010 200 x -- 3 9 1
Harris and Gumz; O'Toole and Kr. May
W - O'Toole, 12-6; L - Harris, 8-7