With two outs and the bases loaded, Malia Rivers smacked a single to center field, which quickly turned into a bases-clearing inside-the-park home run after an error by the center fielder and capped an action-packed Sunday for the Fresno State softball team at the final day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City.
Rivers’ four-RBI hit was part of a six-run fifth that helped the Bulldogs run-rule Loyola Marymount (4-9) in five innings for an 8-0 win.
Hannah Harris (4-0) pitched the shutout, allowing just six hits while striking out three to remain unbeaten in the circle this season. Rivers went 2 for 3 with five RBIs and a walk and Brenna Moss went 3 for 4 with two runs to lead the team.
Earlier in the day, Fresno State (10-4) devoured Oklahoma State 16-4, unleashing 10 runs on nine hits in the top of the seventh, including a pair of two-run homers from Kierra Willis and Alyssa Villalpando. The Bulldogs opened the seventh on a Willis single and rallied their way through the batting order as Willis and Villalpando each homered their second time around. Fresno State totaled 20 hits against the Cowgirls with five hitters driving in multiple runs.
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Jill Compton (6-3) earned the win, throwing a complete game while giving up seven hits and four runs (all earned) to go with four strikeouts.
The Bulldogs finished the tournament 4-1 and return to Fresno this weekend for their Louisville Slugger Bash.