Feb. 18, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 8 Tigers dropped a 6-3 contest to Fresno State on Friday afternoon, as all nine runs were scored in the first two innings with the Bulldogs slugging three home runs. Their game with Cal is postponed with the score tied at 0-0 in the top of the sixth.
Fresno State 6, Missouri 3
Fresno State 6, No. 8 Mizzou 3
|W - Moses (1-0)||7.0||7||3||3||1||6|
|L - Hudson (0-1)||5.0||7||3||3||1||1|
|MU - Vock||3||1||2||1||0||1|
|MU - Marston||4||1||2||1||0||0|
The Tiger offense picked up where it left off last night, getting three straight extra base hits to start the game. Senior Rhea Taylor led things off with a double down the left field line. Sophomore Jenna Marston plated Taylor with a standup triple to right-center, and junior Ashley Fleming followed with a double to left field, making it 2-0 Tigers after the top of the first.
Fresno State notched things up in their half of the first inning, with a two-run home run with two outs by Courtney Moore.
The Tigers retook the lead in the top half of the second with a two-out solo home run off the bat of senior Abby Vock. The home run was the third of Vock's career and first since April 23, 2008 against Iowa State during her freshman season.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Fresno State took the lead in the bottom of the second with four runs coming off two long balls. Nicole Angene made it 3-3 with a solo homer to lead off the inning, while a three-run blast later in the frame by Michelle Moses pushed the Bulldog lead to 6-3.
Missouri had a golden opportunity in the top of the sixth, as they put the first two runners on base with no one out. However, the Bulldogs worked out of the jam, getting two fly outs and a foul out to end the threat.
The Tigers had one more shot in the seventh, getting a pair of singles from Maddison Ruggeberg and Abby Vock, bringing up the top of the order with just one out. However, Fresno State worked out of the jam again, getting Taylor to strike out and Marston to fly out to end the game.
Marston and Vock led all Tigers with two hits and one RBI each. Nicole Hudson took the loss for the Tigers in her first collegiate pitching appearance, throwing five innings while allowing seven hits and three runs, all earned.
Missouri 0, Cal 0 (delay)
No. 8 Missouri and No. 13 Cal battled for five innings in a tight pitcher's duel, as the teams were tied 0-0 when the game was delayed in the top of the sixth inning.
Redshirt sophomore Chelsea Thomas made her first appearance since late March of last season and went five innings, striking out seven, walking two while allowing three hits. Cal's ace Jolene Henderson threw five innings, giving up one hit, one walk and striking out six. She set down 13 straight Tigers from the end of the first inning through the fifth.
Stay tuned to mutigers.com for any schedule changes this weekend.
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