SDSU sweeps Bulldogs for first time in program history
Photo courtesy goaztecs.com
May 5, 2019 (San Diego) - Kelsey Munoz capped a four-run fifth inning with a bases loaded double to lead San Diego State to a 4-2 win and series sweep over Fresno State Sunday afternoon at SDSU Softball Stadium.
Scoreless through four innings, the Aztecs (24-24, 11-10 MW) loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth before Shelby Thompson was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count, which allowed Kristen Parker to trot home. Munoz followed with a double down the left-field line to score Aris Metcalfe and West Hills alum Katie Byrd. Shelby Thompson also scored on the play on a fielding error by Bulldog (33-18, 11-10 MW) left fielder Kaitlyn Jennings to give SDSU a 4-0 lead.
FS halved the lead in the top of the sixth when Vanessa Hernandez and Dolly Stevens scored on a pair of San Diego State throwing errors. With a runner on third because of the errors and one out, Aztec pitcher Marissa Moreno got out of the jam by getting Hayleigh Galvan to fly out to Kiera Wright in center field and Kelcey Carrasco to ground out to Thompson at shortstop.
Fresno State got a runner into scoring position with two outs in the seventh, but Moreno got Schuylar Broussard to ground out to Munoz at third base to end the game and complete the SDSU sweep.
Playing in the final home game of her career, Sturdivant was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double to pace the San Diego State offense. Sok, making her first start of the season and also playing in her final home game, singled for the first hit of her career and also reached on a walk.
Moreno (11-11) picked up the win after allowing two unearned runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief, while striking out two. Alicia Garcia started the game and gave up four hits and a walk over 4 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out two.
Moreno (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 10.1 IP) and Garcia (1-0, 0.66 ERA, 10.2 IP) held the Bulldogs, who came into the weekend with a .310 average, to a .195 mark in the series.
SDSU swept Fresno State for the first time in program history.
The Aztecs won their 27th straight game when leading after five innings (16-0 this season).
STAT OF THE DAY
SDSU won its 12th consecutive Senior Day game (last Senior Day loss was in the 2007 home finale).
San Diego State finishes its season with a three-game series at Utah State, beginning at 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT on Thursday.
San Diego State 4, Fresno State 2
Fresno State (33-18, 11-10 MW) 000 002 0 -- 2 7 2
San Diego State (24-24, 11-10 MW) 000 040 x -- 4 7 2
Dolcini, East (5), Lung (5) and Carrasco; Garcia, Moreno (5) and Sturdivant
W - Moreno, 11-11; L - Dolcini, 15-6