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San Diego Splits Day Two Of Bulldog Classic

March 10, 2006

Box Score

Game 1

Team        1 2 3  4 5 6  7   R H E

Washington  2 0 0  3 3 7  X  15 9 0

San Diego    2 0 2  0 0 0  X   4 6 0


Game 2

Team        1 2 3  4 5 6  7   R H E

CFU         0 0 0  0 0 1  1   2 9 0

San Diego        1 3 0  0 0 3  X   6 6 0


FRESNO , Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team recorded a split decision on day two of the Bulldog Classic.  In game one, the Toreros battled early holding a 4-2 lead over the No. 17 University of Washington Huskies going into the fourth inning but could not hold on for the win.  San Diego bounced back with a 6-2 victory over Central Florida University to end the day.


In game two against Central Florida, the Toreros scored runs in the first, second and sixth innings.  San Diego jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when senior Ashlee Nunes singled up the middle and then advanced on a pass ball during sophomore Nichole Valenzuela's at-bat.  Valenzuela grounded out allowing Nunes to advance to third base.  Senior Gina McFarland slapped an RBI single to right field allowing Nunes to score for a 1-0 lead.


USD's big inning came in the second inning when they scored three runs on two hits.  Senior Marissa Merchain took her base on balls followed by sophomore Emily Passovoy reaching first on an error by Central Florida's short stop which advanced Merchain to second.  Sophomore Rebekah Bradford belted a shot to the gap in right center field for a two RBI triple scoring Merchain and Passovoy and taking a 3-1 lead.  After a pitching change by the Golden Knights, Valenzuela hit an RBI single up the middle scoring Bradford and capping the inning with a 4-1 lead. 


In the sixth inning, Nunes reached first on a throwing error by the Golden Knights.  Valenzuela followed with a single to left field moving Nunes over to second base.  Both Valenzuela and Nunes advanced on a pass ball putting them in scoring position.  Sophomore Kathleen Bonja tallied a two RBI single to right field, then took an extra base on the throw as Valenzuela and Nunes both crossed home plate for a 6-2 final score.


In San Diego 's morning game versus No. 9 Washington, the Huskies jumped on an early 2-0 lead over USD.  Dominique Lastrapes singled to left field to start the inning off then stole second.  Ashley Charters followed with another single to left field, moving Lastrapes to third, and she stole second as well.  Sarah Hyatt doubled down the left field line scoring Lastrapes and Charters.  The Torero defense got the next three batters out to end the inning.


Torero Sophomore Nichole Valenzuela started San Diego off with a base hit up the middle.  Senior Sara Mason followed with a single to center field advancing Valenzuela to second.  Both base runners advanced on a pass ball with senior Gina McFarland up to bat.  With two outs, McFarland belted a two-RBI double to centerfield scoring Mason and Valenzuela tying the game at 2-2. 


USD continued their hit parade in the bottom of the third inning.  Senior Ashlee Nunes took first base on a walk.  Sophomore Kathleen Bonja then ripped an RBI double deep to center field scoring Nunes.  Senior Sara Mason launched a ball into left field good enough for an RBI double scoring Bonja and taking a 4-2 lead.


Despite San Diego's best efforts, they were not able to hold on as Washington recorded 13 runs through out the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings as the game ended in the sixth inning by a final 15-4.


Offensively for San Diego , Mason hit a combined 2-for-4 (.500) in both games, with one double, one run scored and one RBI.  Valenzuela went 3-for-7 (.429) scoring two runs and one RBI.  McFarland hit 2-for-7 (.286) with one double and three RBI.  Bonja also hit 2-for-7 with one double and three RBI.


Erin Harmonson moves to 6-4 on the season allowing one run in five innings of work against the Golden Knights with a single game ERA of 1.31.  Her season ERA moves to 2. 67.  Christina Haake moves to 2-2 after working 4.2 innings against the Huskies while striking out seven University of Washington batters. 


The USD softball team has a single game Saturday afternoon, weather permitting, against the host Fresno State Bulldogs.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. and can be seen on Gametracker.