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Saturday, April 14, 2001


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Wahine win
at Fresno for
first time

Duran pitches 1-hitter
in Hawaii's 2-0 victory

From staff and wire reports

FRESNO, Calif. >> Desiree Duran pitched a one-hitter in the University of Hawaii's history-making 2-0 victory over host Fresno State yesterday as 1,927 screaming FSU fans saw the Wahine win their first game in 19 tries at Bulldog Diamond.

With the win in the second game of the doubleheader, Hawaii (33-14, 4-2) remains a half-game behind Fresno State (30-14, 5-2) in the Western Athletic Conference. The teams play another doubleheader today.

UH goes into today's games 5-37 against FSU, but with the confidence it can win at Fresno.

"This is huge, one of our biggest wins ever," Hawaii coach Bob Coolen said. "Des has waited four years to pitch well against this team."

Although perhaps not expected, the left-hander's effort from the circle wasn't necessarily surprising. The shocking thing was her double in the fifth inning to set up UH's first run.

Duran lined a 2-2 pitch into center, past the diving Becky Witt. At first it looked like Duran was going to settle for a single, but first base coach Dee Wisneski sent her to second.

"I don't think I ever dove before, not even in practice. I just don't do that," Duran said. "It was just a split-second decision. It was a close play, so it probably made a difference."

Natalie Gonzales and Tyree Woodruff followed with consecutive singles, scoring pinch-runner Marie Jackson.

The only hit off Duran (10-4) was a first-pitch single to left by Iolani graduate Mitzi Ing. In the first game, Ing's sacrifice fly in the fifth gave Fresno State a 1-0 victory.

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