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Bulldog softball splits double header against St. Mary’s

After struggling to build momentum throughout the season, Fresno State’s softball program seems to have taken root in its last few series.

The Dogs have won three of their last five games, a victory in the Mountain West series over Stace San Jose and a double-headed series against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday night.

With the team officially counting two-thirds of the season, this division represents one-third of its total wins.

Tuesday night’s double-header showed the Dogs’ progress throughout the season as they battled with Saint Mary’s in a low-scoring case.

Sophomores Cassidy West (left) and Alyssa Orr (right) celebrate after reaching the final to finish their first biceps game against Saint Mary’s on April 5, 2022 at Margie Wright Diamond. (Wyatt Bible / The Collegian)

Although Fresno State eventually won their first game of the match 2-0, both teams combined for just three hits in the first five bouts of the match.

Senior pitcher Casey Dixon led the Dogs defensively with a remarkable performance, allowing two hits and one walk in 4.2 innings. Cassidy West came in with relief and closed the game by allowing only two baserunners in total in 2.1 innings.

Kacey Hvitved started things for the ‘Dogs aggressively doubling in the left field in the first inning. And since both Alesia Denby and Vanessa Hernandez took walks between them, the team had bases full of two outs. but Avery Loli hit the next at-bat.

Except for one Saint Mary’s single, both teams failed to create a key until the fifth inning.

In the upper part of the inning, Saint Mary’s collided with two main runners who had reached a walk and a single respectively. Fresno State responded with an Alana Cobb-Adams ride that served as the first main runner from the second inning.

The Fresno State attack came alive when it needed it most, late in the sixth inning. Denby found himself in his place scoring with two outs, after Emery Nilsson sacrificed to the pitch.

The Dogs now had a runner-up position with two outs, a position they had found three times earlier in the game.

Mackenna Steele singled out the next at-bat to put two runners at the base, followed by Bailey Williams, who scored a two-pointer two RBIs in the center left. The blow was the decisive factor in the game and secured the third consecutive victory of Fresno State, a feat they had not achieved since May 2021.

Sophomore Alyssa Orr is tied to the ball while on the bat against Saint Mary’s on April 5, 2022 at Margie Wright Diamond. (Wyatt Bible / The Collegian)

Although they had won their third consecutive game, the “Dogs” had only half an hour break before having to face Saint Mary’s again.

In their second match, the Gaels took control early on throughout their 6-0 victory.

Saint Mary’s started with four runs in the opening frame, the first three of which came from Indya Smith and Ellen Ebbers who both hit two runners.

The next three series were all produced by third key player Lindsay Cabral.

Fresno State managed only four hits and six baserunners in total while being eliminated.

In each of their last three victories, the “Dogs” made a series with a long delay in the respective games, while they did not allow the other team to score after the fourth inning.

Fresno State is now 9-27 overall with a 2-7 record at the conference.

The “Dog” improvement will be tested this weekend as it hosts Utah State, which currently holds a perfect 6-0 record at the conference and is in second place in Mountain West.

Sophomore Alesia Denby drops to third place against Saint Mary’s on April 5, 2022 at Margie Wright Diamond. (Wyatt Bible / The Collegian)

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