Fresno State unleashed some offensive frustration after 12 innings of scoreless softball and it was just enough to pick up a victory at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic tournament in Cathedral City.
Shut out by No. 14 Arizona 8-0 in five innings Friday and 5-0 by No. 25 Texas in the first of two Saturday, the Bulldogs banged out double-digit hits and runs and needed every one in outlasting Virginia 11-10.
Junior Taylor Green's pinch-hit double with one out in the seventh set up the tiebreaking rally for Fresno State (9-4), with freshman pinch-runner Christina Rodriguez advancing to third on Kapri Angotti's infield hit and scoring on a two-out single by Brooke Ortiz.
"We found a way to win, and I'm proud of our fight," coach Trisha Ford said. "Our defense also carried us, and Brenna (Moss) defensively made a huge play for us late in the game. Jill (Compton) gave us everything she had and grinded out a win. The game was so back and forth, it felt like three games, so I liked how we stayed with it and continued to put runners on base.
"Taylor came up clutch at the end, and Brooke sealed it with a great at-bat."
In the top of the seventh, the Cavaliers strung together three one-out singles, but Moss threw a strike from center to nail the lead runner at the plate.
Compton (5-3) was the last of three Bulldogs pitchers, going the final 4 2-3 innings and allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Hannah Harris made it through just two-plus innings, allowing three runs, and Taylor Langdon allowed five on four hits and and two walks in just a third of an inning.
Stesha Brazil powered Fresno State early, with the Bulldogs up 7-1 after a five-run second that included a two-run Brazil homer. Virginia (2-10) rallied for seven in the top of the third.
The bottom four hitters in the Cavaliers lineup finished a combined 10 for 15 with six RBIs.
Texas evened its season record at 8-8, beating the Bulldogs on a one-hitter by Gabby Smith (5-1). Sophomore Lindsey Stephens homered for the third straight, with her two-run shot making it 3-0 in the third inning.
Compton went the distance for the Bulldogs, allowing five runs on seven hits while fanning six. Paige Gumz had the lone Fresno State hit, a double leading off the third.