Fresno State pushed aside one red-hot softball team, but couldn’t solve another.
After holding off No. 25 Texas 8-7, the Bulldogs fell to a one-loss Ohio State team 3-2 in a pair of games filled with seventh-inning drama as they opened their run Friday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic near Palm Springs.
Texas, which Thursday beat No. 8 Georgia and No. 12 UCLA, took a 3-0 lead in the first. The Bulldogs responded with a 12-hit attack spearheaded by junior Alyssa Villalpando, who drove in three while going 3 for 4.
Villalpando doubled home a run in the third to get the Bulldogs within 4-3, singled in the tying run in the fifth and scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-4. Her sixth-inning base hit made it 8-4.
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Texas’ first four batters reached in what would be a three-run seventh and the Longhorns (9-4) had the bases loaded with two out before Jill Compton induced a grounder to short to end it. Compton had gone the first four innings before giving way to Hannah Harris. But after scoreless fifth and sixth innings, it was Harris who yielded three singles and a bases-loaded walk to start the final inning and was lifted in favor of Compton.
Against the Buckeyes, the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the first. A Malia Rivers single, an error and a wild pitch set up on Paige Gumz’s RBI single. Ohio State, however, came back with single runs in the second, fourth and sixth.
Villalpando’s fielder’s choice groundball made it 3-2 in the sixth. Fresno State (8-4) got runners to second and third in the seventh, but saw its 2-5 hitters fail to get the big hit.
Compton went the distance against Ohio State (9-1), pitching a four-hitter.
The Bulldogs face Stanford at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Big League Dreams complex in Cathedral City.
Swimming: Bulldogs get 2 top-10 finishes
Sophomore Esme Gullick was eighth in the 400-yard individual medley to highlight Fresno State’s third day at the Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving meet in San Antonio.
Gullick finished in 4:24.76 in a race won by Nevada’s Yawen Li (4:07.65). Junior Brooke Rodriguez was 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke in a school-record 1:02.65, where Wyoming freshman Maria Harutjunjan won in 1:00.84.
The Bulldogs are last among the 10 teams. San Diego State leads with 493, with Boise State (446.5) second.
’Dogs golfers 12th as Cal rolls to latest Burns title
Cal won for the fifth straight year and Fresno State was 12th as the John A. Burns Intercollegiate wrapped up at Wailua GC in Lihue, Hawaii.
The Golden Bears’ Shotaro Ban was the individual champ at 8-under 67-72-69-208, with UNLV’s John Oda (69-70-71-210) and Kurt Kitayama (70-71-70-211) second and third. Cal as a team finished at 12-under 282-291-279-852, with New Mexico (295 283 281) seven strokes back and UNLV (287-291-290) another nine.
The Bulldogs (302-303-295) shot their best round of the week, with Harold Calubid (72-75-71) tying for 13th individually.