Fresno State was no match for Ole Miss sophomore right-hander Emily Gaitan and lost 4-0 to the Rebels on day 2 of the ASU Kajikawa Classic on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.
Gaitan, a former all-state high school player in Florida, pitched a four-hitter with five strikeouts against the Bulldogs (2-1), who had opened the three-day event with wins over Fordham (8-0) and Portland State (6-1) on Friday.
Fresno State ace Jill Compton, who gave up four runs and four hits, striking out nine, in 6.1 innings.
The Bulldogs bounced back to beat Cal State Northridge 3-2 in walk-off fashion in their late game Saturday.
Brenna Moss, starting on second in the eighth through the extra-inning tiebreaker rule, stole third and scored on a throwing error.
The Bulldogs led 2-0 into the top of the sixth but the Matadors (3-1) tied it with a pair of runs.
Hannah Harris pitched four innings of two-hit, scoreless softball. Compton gave up the two in the sixth, with Moss ending the threat by throwing a runner out at home for the final out.
The win went to Compton, who allowed four hits and three walks but also struck out five in four innings.
Fresno State closes the tournament against the University of San Diego on Sunday.
• Also at the tournament is Cal Poly, with ace pitcher and ex-El Diamante High star Sierra Hyland off to a flying start. The sophomore right-hander followed up a 14-strikeout, one-hit performance in a 1-0 win over Creighton on Friday by fanning 11 Brigham Young hitters in a 3-1 win Saturday. The Mustangs, with losses to Oregon and Cal, close against Oregon State.
Track and field
Fresno State’s foursome of Kyra Johnson, Dezirae Johnson, Njeri Omawahleh and Kimberley Efonye finished fifth among 18 teams in the 1,600-meter relay at the New Mexico Collegiate track and field meet in Albuquerque.
The Bulldogs were timed in a season-best 3 minutes and 43.08 seconds, with Texas Tech winning in 3:37.03 — the 13th-best time nationally this season.
Among other Bulldogs results, Shakira Lewis was 16th among 45 starters in the 60 meters, finishing in 7.59 seconds. Texas Tech’s Cierra White won in 7.31, breaking her own school record and good for No. 5 nationally this season. White on Friday ran the fastest time in the world this year in the women’s 200, clocking in at 22.98 seconds.
Fresno State's Tiffany Gilmore placed sixth in the weight throw with her college-best 58-4 — best among Mountain West Conference freshmen in the indoor season.
Bulldogs top Rams in tennis
Fresno State lost two matches to the weather but at least got in some action this week, improving to 2-1 on the year with a 7-0 win over Fresno City at Wathen Tennis Center.
Sai Kartik Nakireddi and Eric Komati topped Avi Bami and Robinson Audibert 6-0 in the Friday dual, before freshmen Youssef Hassan and Joshua Zeoli defeated Jordan Jizmejian and Austyn Postler 6-2 to secure the doubles point.
Hassan (3-0) swept Bami 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. Komati (3-0), a sophomore, clinched at No. 3 by blanking Andy Vang 6-0, 6-0.
The Bulldogs, who had not played since opening weekend of the spring season three weeks ago, canceled a Saturday match against Sonoma State because of the threat of rain. Also called off was one against Holy Names that had been moved up to Friday.
Baseball: 2015 'Dogs top Alumni
The current edition of the Bulldogs' baseball team beat a group of past players who returned for a weekend's worth of activites, capped by the annual Alumni Game at Beiden Field.
Manny Argomaniz hit a 3-run home run in the seventh against Dennis Springer, who also played for Washington High and Reedley College on his way to an eight-year major league career that included stops with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels. The blast made it 7-2 and that score held up.
Argomaniz and fellow 2015 team captain Garrett Mundell were sporting stitched C's on their game jerseys, a first for the program.
Other alumni included Erik Wetzel, Terance Frazier, Richie Robnett, Jordan Ribera, Dusty Robinson, Garrett Weber, Brian Lapin, Jordan Luplow and Christian Vitters.
Fresno State’s regular-season opener comes at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the first of a three-game series against visiting UC Irvine.