BASEBALL: FRESNO STATE AT NEVADA
4 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday at Peccole Park in Reno
Bulldogs 3-1, Wolf Pack 4-0
Mountain West Network (themw.com
For second straight year, Bulldogs get early start to Mountain West Conference play and again it’s Nevada. Fresno State took 4 of 6 from Nevada in regular season last year but lost 10-2 in season finale at MW Tournament. Bulldogs picked fifth and Wolf Pack third in this year’s MW preseason poll. ... Fresno State swept opening three-game series vs. UC Irvine, with junior OF Brody Russell and junior RH Jake Shull sweeping conference player of week honors but saw latest come-from-behind effort fall short in 7-6 loss Tuesday to Cal Poly. Bulldogs have trailed or been behind entering their half of the seventh in all four games this year. ... Nevada is 4-0 for first time since 1995 and beat Baseball America fifth-ranked Texas Tech 8-4 on Tuesday — its first win vs. top-10 foe since topping No. 6 Rice in 2001. Senior 1B Austin Byler (.313, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs) is preseason All-American who was selected in ninth round of June 2014 draft by Washington. Senior OF Kewby Meyer (5 for 15) and sophomore utility/DH Trenton Brooks (.286, 2 HR, 9 RBIs) also were named to preseason All-MW team. Brooks hit grand slam in 8-4 upset of Red Raiders. Junior 2B Ryan Howell, second among California JUCOs in homers (8) at Chabot last season, is slugging 1.133 with 2 HRs, 3 2Bs. Junior RH Michael Fain (Clovis High) gave up five hits, two earned runs, fanned four in 4 IP, took no decision, in opening day start vs. Abilene Christian.
SOFTBALL: FRESNO STATE AT MARY NUTTER CLASSIC
Friday vs. No. 25 Texas, 12:30 p.m., vs. Ohio State, 3 p.m.; Saturday vs. Stanford, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday vs. Oklahoma State, 1:30 p.m., vs. Loyola Marymount, 4 p.m. — all at the Big League Dreams complex in Cathedral City
Bulldogs 7-3, Longhorns 8-3 (pending late Thursday game), Buckeyes 7-1, Cardinal 8-4, Cowgirls 2-5, Lions 3-5
Fresno State’s Brenna Moss (.484/.579/.613), Michelle Solomon (.379/.471/.690) provide punch and senior leadership. Junior RH Jill Compton has fanned 50 with a 2.37 ERA in 41.1 IP. ... Texas, which opened its tournament run Thursday by beating No. 8 Georgia 5-0 and facing No. 12 UCLA later, boasts potent 3-4 lineup combo in All-America outfielder Lindsey Stephens (.333, 3 HR, 14 RBIs) and Holly Kern (.367, 18 RBIs). ... Ohio State off to best start since opening 8-1 in 2008 and 2009. Among five .400 hitters are senior Taylor Watkins (.419, 2 HR, 11 RBIs) and freshman Taylor White (.423, 2 HR, 5 RBIs), who have hit safely in all eight games. Junior Maddy McIntyre is 8 for 17 with 10 walks for .679 OBP. … Junior Kayla Bonstrom (.429, 2 HR, 9 RBIs) drove in team-leading 44 for Stanford last season. … Senior CF Shelby Davis led Oklahoma State in most offensive categories in 2014, including steals with 41, and is off to 5 for 14 start at plate and 7 for 7 on the bases this year. … Loyola Marymount sophomore Amanda Dirks is 10 for 20 with 7 RBIs. Courtney Moore (Buchanan) is 1 for 10 in five games, all starts.