‘Dogs take the series

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The Bulldogs end season with an overall 11-10 WAC play record and take the weekend series, 2-1.

The Fresno State women’s softball team concluded their regular season after winning two out of three games against Louisiana Tech at Bulldog Diamond last weekend.

Bulldog pitcher Morgan Melloh highlighted game one of the series with a career-high 16 strikeouts. Melloh (15-8) was finding the plate in superb manner, striking out eight of the first nine batters and she recorded her 200th strikeout of the season.

On day two, the ‘Dogs split the doubleheader with LA Tech winning the first game 4-0 and falling 3-1 in the second.

Prior to game one, seniors Lisamarie Coronado and Brooke Phipps were honored as they prepared to take the field one last time at Bulldog Diamond.

As sophomore Michelle Moses took the circle in the second game of the series, it was obvious that once again, the pitching would lead the show. Moses set two records Saturday as she dominated the LA Tech lineup all game long, striking out the first 13, a new school record, and finishing with a total of 18 strikeouts for the game, another school record.

Moses went the distance and with the complete-game shutout, improved her record to 9-1 for the season with the team’s 4-0 victory.

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In the fourth inning, Courtney Moore’s bat provided all the offense the Bulldog’s would need for their second win of the series, as she hit a two-run home run to put her team up for good.

The Bulldogs added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Phipps led off the fifth with a triple to left center, and later scored. Moore came through again in the sixth inning with a double, and pinch runner Kaylan Pollard scored the fourth run of the game for the Bulldogs when she was knocked in by Caitlin Stiglich’s single up the middle later in the inning.

In the final game of the series, LA Tech came out swinging early. By the sixth inning, they had already put three on the board, and Fresno State was struggling to score.

After shortstop Haley Gilleland hit a single to get herself on base, she was then sent home by another single from Moore, saving the Bulldogs from a shut out.

Fresno State fell 3-1 and McKenzie Oaks, who is now 11-7, took the loss.

The Bulldogs ended their season with an overall record of 36-17 and 15-6 in the WAC. They snagged the No. 2 seed and will have a first-round bye next week in the WAC Tournament. Their opponent, Louisiana Tech, finished 26-19 overall and 11-10 in conference play and earned the No. 4 seed in next week’s tournament.

The WAC tournament will be held in Las Cruces, New Mexico, May 12-15.