Fresno State Outlasts The Beach In Extra Innings 4-2
Tied 1-1 through seven, the Bulldogs scored three in the eighth to grab the win from LBSU.
Fullerton, Calif. - Christina Clermont struck out a season high six batters, allowing one unearned run through seven innings, but Fresno State added three in the eighth inning and held on for a 4-2 win over Long Beach State in the first game of the Judi Garman Classic for the Beach.
Fresno State (11-6) threatened early, loading the bases in the first inning, but Clermont responded with back-to-back strikeouts against Savannah McEhllon and Kierra Willis to get Long Beach State (5-7-1) out of the inning, and setting up the style of the game as the pitchers were in command.
Kamalani Dung of Fresno State struck out 10 in the game, and held Long Beach State to three hits over the course of the game, while Clermont only allowed five in her 7.1 innings pitched.
Long Beach State would strike first in the bottom of the fourth innning. Tierra Falo reached on an error, and after a groundout pushed pinch runner Andrea Guzman to second, Hannah Cookson delivered with an RBI single, putting the Beach out in front 1-0 with the unearned run.
Fresno State would answer in the top of the fifth inning in similar fashion, getting a leadoff walk from Malia Rivers, who would score off a grounder through the right side after a passed ball and a sacrifice moved the Bulldogs leadoff hitter to third base.
With a full count and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Mattie Scheele caused some drama with a high fly ball, but it was caught at the left center warning track to send the game to extra innings.
A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly quickly scored the tiebreaker runner for the Bulldogs in the top of the eighth inning, as Clermont’s control deserted her. Three walks loaded the bases with one out, and while the Beach picked up one out on a ground ball from Willis, a throwing error trying to get the third out at home allowed a second run to score on the play, giving Fresno State a 4-1 lead.
Long Beach State will play one more game in Fullerton on Thursday, facing No. 3 Florida at 5:30 p.m.
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