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    Pacific Softball: Tigers' Outdueled In Season Opener By No. 24 Fresno State

    Feb 13, 2010
    Opening their 2010 season on the road, the Pacific softball team suffered a tough 1-0 loss at the hands of the No. 24 ranked Fresno State Bulldogs and their ace Morgan Melloh. Melloh picked up the win by keeping the Tigers hitless through seven innings as Pacific fell to 0-1 on the year while the Bulldogs improved to 3-0.

    Getting the call in the circle for the first time as a Tiger, junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) showed off her prior collegiate experience with a strong six-inning, complete game, outing in which she handcuffed a Bulldog offense that had scored 22 runs in two games the night prior. After a jittery, adrenaline filled start to the afternoon, Brock settled in to a groove against Fresno State over the final five innings of work, striking out seven.

    However, as good as Brock was for the Tigers, Melloh, Fresno State's lefty ace, proved to be just a bit better, outdueling the Tigers' opening game starter for her second win of the year. Throughout the day, Melloh befuddled the Tigers' hitters, keeping Pacific off of the scoreboard and out of the hit column. Despite several hard hit balls, the Tigers never could figure out Melloh as she completed the no-hit bid by retiring the side in order in the seventh inning including picking up a pair of strike outs. Despite the no-hitter, Melloh did have to work out of one jam in the contest after walking back-to-back batters with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. She would induce a ground ball to get out of the inning unscathed.

    With Melloh keeping the Tigers in check, the Bulldogs would need and get just one run the contest to pick up their third win of the season. The damage for the Bulldogs would come early as they posted a single run in the second inning on an RBI double into the left-center gap by Caitlin Stiglich, driving in Andrea Ortega from first. Prior to the double, Ortega picked up Fresno State's first of just three hits on the afternoon on an infield single in the hole between short and third. 

    For the game, both pitchers walked just five combined batters with Brock issuing just two free passes while Melloh added 10 strike outs to her three walks. The no-hitter was Melloh's first of her career. She nearly picked up her first last season against the Tigers when she took a no-hitter to 6.2 innings before the Tigers' broke up the bid with a single.

    Pacific will be back in action at 4:00 pm in Fresno, Calif., when they take on Sacramento State.