Fresno State senior Brenna Moss became the softball program’s career stolen base leader and the Bulldogs hit three consecutive home runs to defeat Stanford 13-8 on Saturday night at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City.
Moss, a four-year center fielder from North High in Bakersfield, tied the Bulldogs’ standard of 86 by former Clovis West star Haley Gilleland with a steal of second following a leadoff walk in the first inning.
She broke the mark with another steal of second following a leadoff single in the fourth. She eventually scored after both thefts.
Moss had a career average of .320 and 79 steals in 89 attempts entering this season. Her 34 steals in 2013 and ’14 are the school single-season record. She entered the Stanford game hitting .462 with six steals in nine attempts.
The Bulldogs, facing a Cardinal team ranked just out of the Top 25, received the consecutive homers from Kierra Willis, Paige Gumz and Alyssa Villalpando.
Bulldogs get record
Fresno State’s women won a protest in the Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving meet in San Antonio, meaning its 400 medley relay time of 3:43.22 posted on Friday smashed the school record by 6 seconds.
It was clocked by the team of Esme Gullick, Brook Rodriguez, Tarryn Rennie and Leah Hatayama.
The Bulldogs closed by placing eighth as a team at the meet. Courtney Sheehan, a senior from Wisconsin, was eighth in the 1,650 freestyle in 16:48.21.
’Dogs fall in tennis
Fresno State took care of business in the top two singles matches against the nation’s 39th-ranked women’s tennis team but couldn’t generate another win and fell 5-2 to Wichita State at Wathen Tennis Center.
Sophie Watts was a 6-4, 6-0 winner at No. 1 and Maiar Sherif Ahmed rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2. The Bulldogs started the day losing the doubles point, then couldn’t muster another victory in the No. 3-6 singles matches, including a 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 loss at No. 3.
’Dogs ride to win
Fresno State swept in horsemanship, including a performance-high 73 from Kirsten McKillop, as the No. 7 Bulldogs defeated host South Dakota State 10-6 in an equestrian match. Fresno State also won in reining 3-1.
The Bulldogs’ top score of the day came from Kylina Chalack, who had an 83 in equitation over fences, where the team also won 3-1.