#23 FRESNO STATE GETS PAST SOFTBALL, 4-2
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State’s Aja Scheuber had a game-high three hits to lead the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs to a 4-2 victory over Sacramento State in the second round of the Bulldog Softball Classic Friday evening at Bulldog Diamond.
Sacramento State concludes the first day of the tournament with a 1-1 record as the team beat Rhode Island this morning, 13-1, in five innings. The Hornets’ overall record dropped to 10-7. Fresno State, which had just four hits off Hornet starter Brittani Clifford, improved to 19-3 overall and 2-0 at the tournament.
The Bulldogs scored the game’s first four runs, including two in the first inning and two more in the third. An RBI-single from Haley Gilleland and an RBI-double from Scheuber got Fresno State on the board in the first. FSU tacked on two more in the third after Gilleland stole home on the back end of a double steal that saw Jenna Cervantez steal second. The Bulldogs added their final run after an error allowed Cervantez to score.
The Hornets tallied seven hits during the first 4.2 innings off Fresno State starter Nicole Angene, but could muster just two runs. The Hornets left six runners on base through the first five innings, while stranding runners in scoring position in the second, fourth and fifth innings.
Sacramento State scored once in the fourth on with the benefit of a Fresno State error and once more in the fifth on an RBI-single from Izmena Cabrera. After Cabrera’s single, the Hornets had runners at first and third with two outs, but Fresno State inserted reliever Ashley Cox into the game and she promptly got the last out of the inning. She followed that by retiring the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Clifford (3-2) took the loss, allowing four hits and four runs (two earned) over 6.0 innings of work. The sophomore had won each of her last three decisions before tonight’s loss. Angene (4-2) got the win, and Cox picked up her first save of the season.
Junior Jamie Schloredt led the Hornets with two hits, including a double. Amy Tompkins, Whitney Loomis, Cabrera, Rachel Miles and Teri Ann Caoagan also had hits as the Hornets outhit Fresno State, 7-4.
Sacramento returns to play two more games tomorrow against 16th-ranked DePaul (9 a.m.) and 14th-ranked Houston (11 a.m.).