Softball Falls to No. 13 Fresno State
March 2, 2002
FRESNO, Calif. - No. 13 Fresno State pounded out seven runs on 12 hits before recording a 7-0 victory over Santa Clara in the first game of the non-conference doubleheader at Bulldog Diamond.
The Bulldogs, who had five players tally multiple-hit performances, improved to 3-0 at home after sweeping No. 10 Pacific (2-1, 15 inn., 6-1) on Wednesday.
Freshman right-hander Jamie Southern picked up her seventh shutout win in 10 victories after tossing a three-hitter while striking out six.
The top of the Bulldogs' line up was a force to reckon with as all three had two hits (Tiffany Whipple, Vanessa Czarnecki and Jamie Southern) while Pam Perez (3-4, run, 2 RBI) and Pam West (2-4) also had multiple-hit games.
Fresno State put up three runs in the first and added two in the fourth and fifth innings.
In the first, Whipple led off with a walk. Czarnecki sacrificed her to second. After Southern grounded out, Lindsay Fossatti drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Perez then singled to left field to score Whipple. Lori Hoffman followed with a shot to center field as Perez moved to second and Fossatti advanced to third. Pam West reached on a Bronco fielding error, which allowed Perez and Fossatti to score.
In the fourth, Whipple led off with a single to left field. Czarnecki sacrificed Whipple to second. Southern and Fossatti each drew a walk to load the bases. Perez then answered with a RBI single to left field to score Whipple. With the bases still loaded, Hoffman had a sacrifice fly to center field to score Southern.
In the fifth with two outs, Whipple walked. After Whipple stole second, Czarnecki hit a double to left field to score Whipple. Southern singled up the middle and advanced to second on a Bronco throwing error that allowed Czarnecki to score.
Fresno State completed a doubleheader sweep for the second straight time over a non-conference opponent and for the second consecutive time at home after posting a 4-0 win over Santa Clara in the night cap.
Scoring their first four runs in the first two innings, freshman right-hander Amanda Wolf picked up her first collegiate win after scattering four hits and striking out four.
Whipple (2-3, RBI), Lindsay Fossatti (2-3, RBI) and Pam West (2-3, run) collected multiple-hit games.
In the first with two outs, Jamie Southern tripled to right field before Fossatti knocked her in with a single to left field.
In the second, West led the inning off with a rope into left field. Julie Selbicky then answered with a shot that got through the left side. After Leticia Pacheco reached first on a hit by pitch to load the bases, Mitzi Ing had a RBI groundout as West crossed home plate. With one out and the runners on second and third, Selbicky scored on a Bronco wild pitch. With Pacheco standing on third, Whipple drove a shot up the middle to score Pacheco.
"We came out a little flat today but the team responded and kicked it up a gear," head coach Margie Wright said. "We had a long night the other day but that happens sometimes. I was happy how the top of the line up got things going. I was also happy for Amanda who pitched a solid game in her first collegiate win."
The Broncos return home and host Boston University on Sunday. The doubleheader begins at noon at Marsalli Park.