After surrendering an early three-run lead to Pacific in the circle, Savannah McHellon leveled the deficit with a three-run homer – her team-leading sixth of the year - and then pitched Fresno State to victory in Wednesday’s nonconference game at Margie Wright Diamond.
The Bulldogs beat the Tigers, 5-4, to improve to 23-11 overall. The Tigers fall to 17-20.
Fresno State took the lead in the bottom of the third when Maddi Hackbarth was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Lindsey Willmon. Katie Castellon added a run hitting a sacrifice fly to center field.
McHellon (5-3) went five innings, giving up four runs (all earned) on seven hits. She also struck out three batters and walked five.
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Sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung sealed the victory with two shutout innings in relief to earn her second save of the season.
The Bulldogs will remain at home, hosting Nevada for a three-game Mountain West Conference series beginning Friday.