March 18, 2010
FULLERTON, Ca - Fresno State scored three unearned runs in the fifth inning to snap a 1-1 tie while Mackenzie Oakes and Morgan Melloh combined on a three-hitter as the Bulldogs defeated host Cal State Fullerton, 4-1, on Thursday night in the second day of play at the 2010 Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field.
The loss dropped the Titans to 3-23 overall and 0-2 in tournament play while Fresno State improved to 17-10 overall and 1-1 in tournament action.
The Bulldogs opened the fifth with a walk and an error on a sacrifice attempt to put a pair of runners on. A fly out for the first out preceded a single to centerfield by Andrea Ortega to load the bases for Michelle Moses, who battled with Fullerton starter Ari Cervantes (1-10) before striking out looking that would have ended the inning.
The Bulldogs, however, took advantage of the extended inning as Courtney Moore walked to drive home a run and break the tie and was followed by Caitlin Stiglich, who singled to left centerfield to drive home a pair and make it 4-1.
Melloh (9-7), who entered in the first inning after numerous illegal pitches plagued Oakes to start the game, then shut down the Titans' lineup, allowing just one hit and stranding three runners over the final three innings to nail down the win.
Fresno State struck first as Haley Gilleland reached on an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Moore's RBI single for the 1-0 lead.
The Titans responded with a run of their own in the first with some help from the Bulldogs pitchers as junior K.C. Craddick led-off with a single and then advanced the final 180 feet thanks to three illegal pitches to tie the game.
Cervantes suffered the loss for Fullerton, allowing just one earned on six hits in five innings of work. Redshirt sophomore Krystal Heinle allowed just two hits in two innings of relief to keep the Titans in the game.
Melloh earned the win, pitching the final 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out 12. Oakes lasted just one-third of an inning, allowing the run on a hit.
Three different Titans tallied hits, but Fullerton could not take advantage of seven runners left on base - five of those left in scoring position.
Gilleland led all players with a 3-for-4 day at the top of the lineup while Stiglich finished 2-for-3 to help power the Bulldogs' offense.
Cal State Fullerton continues play on Friday evening (March 19) at 6 p.m. as the Titans take on No. 15 Texas at Anderson Family Field. The Longhorns are 2-0 in the tournament after defeating No. 7 Arizona State, 1-0, and San Jose State, 13-8, on Thursday afternoon.