Kierra Willis, Paige Gumz and Lindsey Willmon each drove in two runs, and Jill Compton recorded back-to-back quality starts for the first time in nearly a month en route to a 9-2 win against San Diego State on Friday at Margie Wright Diamond.
The Bulldogs (22-9-1, 4-0) remained undefeated in Mountain West Conference play in taking the opener of a three-game weekend series against the Aztecs.
San Diego State (21-14, 3-4) has lost five of its past seven against Fresno State.
Willis, Gumz and Willmon went a combined 7 for 10 with six runs and six RBIs. Willmon supplied a two-run homer while the Bulldogs scored four in the sixth. It was Willmon’s ninth homer of the season as she remained tied atop the Mountain West with Nevada’s Megan Sweet, the ex-Frontier and Hanford West high star who also hit her ninth Friday in Reno.
Perhaps most encouraging for the Bulldogs was Compton’s outing. The four-year starter pitched a six-hitter, allowing a walk and two runs and striking out six.
In her previous outing, Compton gave up two runs on eight hits in an 18-2, five-inning win against Boise State. Compton has been trying to work her way back from an undisclosed injury suffered March 6 against Cal. She hadn’t logged consecutive quality starts since throwing complete-game wins against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 28 and Northwestern on March 4.
The series against San Diego State will continue at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Women’s tennis – No. 39 Fresno State strung together three consecutive wins in singles to rally for a 4-3 win at BYU.
The Bulldogs found themselves down 3-1, with their only point early on from doubles action.
But Fresno State stormed back with Galina Bykova winning No. 3 singles, followed by Anneka Watts winning the No. 6 pairing and Sofya Malysheva capturing the deciding match 7-5, 2-6, 6-0 at No. 5.
Women’s golf – The Bulldogs were tied for sixth out of 15 teams after one round at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate in Oxford, Miss. Four Fresno State golfers carded 4-over-par 76s as the Bulldogs finished at 16-over 304. Troy leads at 297.
Lacrosse – Fresno State dropped its fifth in a row after falling 17-3 to visiting USC on Thursday.