Fresno State will try to defeat a third team that made last year's NCAA baseball tournament when Sacramento State visits Beiden Field on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs (6-5) are coming off a three-game Mountain West series sweep of UNLV and began the season with a three-game nonconference sweep against UC Irvine. Both qualified for a regional last season, with Irvine reaching the College World Series.
Fresno State, the 2008 national champion, has missed reaching a regional field the past two seasons.
Improved pitching could have the Bulldogs contending for a trip back to the postseason. Fresno State's weekend rotation registered a 2.75 ERA in three games against UNLV after combining for six runs off 13 hits and five walks to 15 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. The Bulldogs bullpen did not allow a run in 7 1/3 innings during the series.
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Fresno State, however, is looking for its first win during a weekday game, which often tests team's pitching depth. In the past two seasons, the Bulldogs went 13-14 during nonconference weekday games. Among them were two losses to Sac State last season.
The Hornets (6-3) were scheduled for four games at No. 5 Texas Tech last week but played only one because of inclement weather, a 4-3 loss.
Track & field: Sears, Hatcher and relay team named all-conference
Fresno State long jumpers Je'Nia Sears and Ashley Hatcher were named to the All-Mountain West Indoor Track & Field team.
All-conference selections were awarded to the top three finishers in each event at the conference indoor championships (Sears was first, Hatcher third). Fresno State's 1,600 relay also received all-conference honors.