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Ellenbeck Leads Comeback With Fierce Pitching And Clutch Hit

Feb. 24, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Freshman pitcher Jennifer Ellenbeck played superb on both offense and defense holding the North Dakota State University Bison (11-3) to five hits. The Toreros (4-3) are on a two game win streak with today's victory.

The Bison recorded three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead. Then in the seventh inning, the Toreros offense kicked into high gear scoring five runs on five hits.

"Simply said, comebacks are the best," said head coach Melissa McElvain. "The whole team stayed confident at the plate going into the seventh inning."

Danielle Duhart reached first base on a throwing error by North Dakota State and advanced to second. Celine Pujol came in to pinch run for Duhart and Virginia Fritsch singled on a hit to shallow right field moving Pujol to third base. Katie Burk singled down the right field line scoring Pujol and moving Fritsch to third. Emily Passovoy came in to pinch run for Burk as Keely Helbock then flied out to right field for the Torero's first out. Nichole Valenzuela smashed a double to right-center field scoring Fritsch and advancing Passovoy to third base. Carey Casciola grounded out to first base. With two outs, Ellenbeck came up big for the Toreros with a two-RBI single scoring Valenzuela and Passovoy giving San Diego a 4-3 lead. Danielle Treiber then doubled to left center field scoring Ellenbeck for the 5-3 final over the Bison.

"We need to have that confidence at the plate earlier in the game, but seven of eleven base runners came in the last inning and that's an impressive statistic," commented McElvain.

Ellenbeck pitched a complete game striking out five batters. Valenzuela hit 2-for-3 with one double, one RBI, and one run scored. Fritsch went 2-for-3 with one run scored. Ellenbeck finished 1-for-4 with two runs scored, and two RBI.

The Toreros return for the final day of the Aztec Invitational on Sunday to take on the University of Oregon Ducks at 11:30 a.m. and the Long Beach State 49ers at 2:00 p.m. at the SDSU Softball Stadium.