`Dogs Hit The Road For First Time In 2013

Feb. 14, 2013

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State softball hits the road this weekend after starting 2013 with a seven-game home stand. The Bulldogs take their 6-1 record and head south for the Gaucho Classic I hosted by UC Santa Barbara.

The `Dogs face the Gauchos, the SEC's Missouri and San Diego in the tournament, which is Feb. 15-17 at Campus Diamond.

Scouting the Gaucho Classic I
UC Santa Barbara: The Bulldogs also lead the overall series against the Gauchos 62-11. The last meeting was in 2012 and the 'Dogs lost 2-1. UCSB opened the 2013 season at the Mardi Gras Classic in Monroe, La. and are 5-0 after the first weekend. Lauren Boser is hitting .545 with a double, a triple and four RBI in five starts. Shelby Wisdom has a 0.00 ERA and two shutouts in one start and three appearances. She struck out 20 in 17.1 innings of work.

Missouri: Fresno State has an all-time record of 9-0 against Missouri. The last meeting was in 2011 and the 'Dogs won 6-3. The Tigers open the 2013 season at the Gaucho Classic. Missouri ended the 2012 campaign with a 47-14 record. Bailey Erwin returns to the circle in 2013 for the Tigers. She struck out 57 in 74.2 innings of work. Erwin had a 8-0 record and four complete games in eight starts and 23 appearances. Nicole Hudson hit .301 a year ago with 11 doubles, seven home runs and 36 RBI.

San Diego: The Bulldogs overall series against San Diego is tied 1-1. The last meeting was in 2012 and the 'Dogs lost 6-4. The Toreros are off to a 1-1 start after hosting McNeese State for a two-game series. Dana Prelsnik is hitting .600 after two starts in 2013. The Toreros are hitting .308 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Cassidy Coleman has a 1-0 record with five strikeouts after her first start of the season. She has a 0.00 ERA and a complete game shutout.

Bulldogs vs. Ranked Opponents
Missouri is the first ranked opponent the Bulldogs face in 2013. The Tigers are No. 8/7 in the polls. The 'Dogs face a total of three teams that are ranked as of right now. Along with Missouri, Fresno State hosts Oregon and Cal in the Fresno State Classic. The Ducks are ranked No. 7/9 and Cal is at No. 9/8.

On the Road Again
Fresno State is set to play 10 games on the road in the month of February, 11 in March and a total of 33 away from Bulldog in 2013. The Bulldogs first road trip is Feb. 15-17 at the Gaucho Classic I hosted by UC Santa Barbara. The 'Dogs had a road record of 24-8 and 9-10 in neutral territory.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball heads to Santa Barbara, Calif. for the Gaucho Classic Feb. 15-17. Catch the action on ESPN2 790, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).