LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Fresno State softball team saw its run at the WAC Tournament come to an end Saturday with a 8-3 loss to BYU in the championship round at the NM State Softball Complex.
The Bulldogs (36-23) will now await their fate to see if they receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Fresno State is the only school that has made all 30 NCAA Tournaments and the `Dogs will learn if their streak continues when the NCAA field is announced on Sunday night (7 p.m. PT - ESPNU).
"You never want to leave it in the hands of the [NCAA] committee because there are too many intangibles they don't know about," head coach Margie Wright said about not getting the WAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. "I think we did ourselves a lot of good and we got a lot of bonus points with [Friday's win over] Hawai'i.
"I think when you've been in the tournament 30-straight years, you need to be given strong consideration."
Senior pitcher/utility player Michelle Moses and sophomore third baseman Vonnie Martin were named to the WAC All-Tournament team. For Moses, this marks her second time being named to the All-Tournament team (also honored in 2010).
The Cougars (43-13) held Fresno State to five hits in the game while they had 13 of their own, including two from five different players.
Fresno State stranded nine runners on-base in the game, seven of which were in scoring position.
Freshman Brenna Moss led the Bulldogs Saturday, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
BYU got on the board in the top of the first on a RBI single from Delaney Willard. It could have been two runs, but Bulldog right fielder Kaylan Pollard threw out Tiffany Messerschmidt at the plate on Willard's single.
The Bulldogs had their chances early, but stranded five runners on-base in the first two innings and four of them were in scoring position.
Those missed opportunities for the runs came back to hurt the `Dogs, as Katie Manuma hit a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the third to give BYU a 3-0 lead.
Moss got one run back for the `Dogs with a two-out infield RBI single that scored pinch runner Diane Runge from third in the bottom of the fourth.
BYU then put the game out of reach with a five-run fifth inning.
Fresno State didn't go down quietly, scoring two in the sixth, but again it couldn't capitalize and left two more base runners on in the inning.
Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics