Fresno City College defeats Taft 5-1

FRESNO—Nicole Reed scattered five hits Tuesday in pitching Fresno City College to a 5-1 victory over Taft College in a Central Valley Conference softball game.
Reed, who improved her overall record to 15-2, struck out 11 and walked three.  She leads the conference in strikeouts with 102.
Fresno touched Allie Carrigan for 10 hits – nine singles and a three-run, third inning homerun by Kathleen Henderson.
Monica Lovato went 2-for-3 for the Cougars with a single and double.
Amber Si’u, Courtney Nyetrae and Carrigan had the other Cougar hits.
The Cougars got their only run in the seventh when Nyetrae walked, moved to third on Lovato’s line drive double to left and scored when Carrigan singled up the middle.
The Cougars are in fourth place in the conference with a 4-4 record.  They are 11-16-1 overall.
TC has hit the ball well, posting the second best team batting average (.338).
Nyetrae leads the conference with a .517 batting average.  Her 19 doubles is tops in the conference.  She has 22 runs batted in.
Kelcey Viliamu has seven homers to lead the pack and is second in RBIs with 24.
Si’u ranks fifth in the conference with a .432 average.
The Cougars cracked 27 hits last Saturday in a non-conference doubleheader at Cabrillo College in Aptos, but lost both games by committing seven errors, which has been the team’s Achilles heel.
Carrigan lost a 4-3, 10-inning heartbreaker in the second game. She struck out six and walked two.
Baylee Day, who is hitting .418 and has moved into the leadoff spot in the lineup, went 4-for-8 on the day with an RBI.
Lovato had four hits while Si’u and Viliamu had three.  Viliamu slugged her seventh homer in the first game of the twin bill – a 7-4 loss that saw Cabrillo score four unearned runs.
Megan Smith worked the first five innings of the first game, giving up three earned runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking five.  Mersades Cruz finished up, giving up a hit and walk in her one inning of work.