FRESNO STATE SOFTBALL
• What: Kajikawa Classic, featuring 81 games between 31 teams
in Tempe, Ariz.
• The skinny: Bulldogs, under third-year coach Trisha Ford, open season Friday against defending Atlantic 10 Conference champ Fordham at 5 p.m., then face Portland State at 7:15. Fresno State plays Ole Miss and Cal State Northridge on Saturday before wrapping up against the University of San Diego on Sunday. … Bulldogs are coming off back-to-back second-place finishes in their first two Mountain West Conference seasons and are 2015 preseason league favorite. Five starters and eight letterwinners return from last year’s team that went 31-21 overall and 15-9 in league, including senior outfielder and 2014 MW Defensive MVP Brenna Moss, who hit .337 with 18 RBIs. Junior RH Jill Compton went 20-9 in circle with 2.16 ERA, 160 strikeouts in 191.1 innings. … Fresno State plays its home opener as part of Kick-Off Classic Feb. 13-15 at Margie Wright Diamond.