Feb. 18, 2012
FRESNO, CA - Fresno State senior right-hander Michelle Moses allowed just one hit and struck out 13 in the circle while also driving home the only two runs of the game with her bat on Saturday afternoon, lifting the host Bulldogs to a 2-0 shutout win over Cal State Fullerton at Bulldog Diamond.
The Titans (4-5 overall) managed only one hit off Moses (2-2), a double by junior Ashley Carter in the sixth inning, and four walks with no Fullerton baserunner reaching third base. Fresno State improved to 5-2 overall, pounding eight hits, but stranding four runners -- two in scoring position.
Junior Aly Fascetti (2-4), who went the distance in the Titans' first win over Santa Clara earlier in the day, suffered the loss, allowing the two runs on eight hits in six innings with Moses' long-ball really her only mistake on the afternoon.
A pitchers duel through 3 1/2 innings, the Bulldogs finally broke through in the fourth when Stesha Brazil singled to lead-off the inning to bring up Moses, who sent the first pitch she saw from Fascetti over the wall in right centerfield for the 2-0 lead.
That was more than enough for Moses, who got Fresno State's first nine outs via the strikeout and struck out at least one batter in five of the seven innings. Only Carter and Leesa Harris, who walked and stole second base in the third inning, reached second base.
Brazil and Andrea Ortega finished with two hits apiece for the Bulldogs, who were turned away in the second on a nice double play turn by Adri Martinez up the middle and left with a runner at third in the third inning. Kaitlin Griffin led-off with a double and pinch-runner Diane Runge was left at third base as, with one out, Brooke Ortiz was thrown out trying to take an extra 60 feet when Carter's throw home was cut-off by Anissa Young and relayed to Adri Martinez for the putout. Fascetti then got a fly ball to left to end the inning.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the field to take on the same two teams beginning on Sunday morning (Feb. 18) at 10:30 a.m. The Titans open against Santa Clara before taking on Fresno State at 1 p.m. to close out the weekend.