That whole Friday night ace thing is looking like a lot better fit for Fresno State sophomore Jimmy Lambert, even if his counterpart for Oregon State was just a bit better in the opener of a four-game series.
Lambert turned in his second straight strong seven-inning outing following a rough start against conference rival Nevada two weeks ago, but Beavers right-hander Andrew Moore dominated into extra innings before Oregon State walked off with a 2-1 win on K.J. Harrison’s leadoff home run in the bottom of the 11th.
The Bulldogs dented Moore for two hits and a run in the fourth. Austin Guibor doubled and moved to third on Jake Stone’s sharp single to right. Taylor Ward, the Bulldogs’ best hitter, got Guibor in but only by grounding into a double play and that was it for the offense.
Fresno State (7-6) managed just three hits, the only other one a leadoff single for Jesse Medrano in the sixth. Moore got the last three in that inning, then 12 of the next 13, too, striking out the side in the 10th.
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Lambert and the Bulldogs bullpen mostly matched that, with the starter allowing three hits, a walk and a run while striking out five in seven innings. Jeff Hendrix’s solo blast in the sixth tied it 1-1 for the homer-happy Beavers (10-3), who have 18 already after totaling 21 all of last season.
Jake Shull threw two scoreless and Garrett Mundell allowed just a walk while pitching the 10th. Senior right-hander Will Munro was the man in the 11th, but Harrison slammed a 1-0 pitch out to left for his fifth homer. Munro (0-1), one of the team’s top pitchers a year ago, has a 10.80 ERA in four appearances.
A doubleheader is on tap Saturday in Corvallis and a single game Sunday.
Softball tops Iowa, huge challenge awaits
Fresno State made it look easy in its opener at the Judi Garman Classic softball tournament in Fullerton, routing Iowa 9-0, but the degree of difficulty rises Saturday to include more than a few twists and somersaults.
Jill Compton struck out nine while pitching a five-inning perfect game for the Bulldogs (15-5), overwhelming a Hawkeyes lineup that included ex-Dinuba High star Alyssa Navarro batting cleanup. Next up? Only the nation’s Nos. 1 and 2 teams, back to back, in Florida and Oregon as the tournament heads into the second of its three days.
All the Gators did Friday was extend the best start in school history to 26-0, beating No. 13 Arizona 10-0 and the second-ranked Ducks 5-1.
Fresno State did at least ensure itself a chance to get plenty of rest, with Paige Gumz delivering a three-run double in a four-run first. The Bulldogs added five in the second, with Gumz picking up her fourth RBI of the day on a single.
The perfect game was a career first for Compton, a junior who now has three no-hitters.
Equestrian: ’Dogs mourn ex-teammates
Fresno State’s sixth-ranked equestrian team, ahead of a weekend tournament against No. 2 Georgia and No. 4 Texas Christian, honored three former riders who died in recent months.
A moment of silence was observed for Rebecca Flood Christensen (2005-09 teams) who died in February, Beth Knapp Williams (2001-05) who died in January and Rose Hennig (2006-08) who died in December, according to a university news release. The Bulldogs fell to Georgia 14-6.
Tulane tops ’Dogs
Tulane’s Dominik Koepfer, ranked 14th in the nation, beat Fresno State’s Euan McIntosh 7-5, 6-3 at No. 1 singles and the No. 63 Green Wave rolled to a 6-1 nonconference men’s tennis victory in New Orleans.
Youssef Hassan won a marathon at No. 6 singles, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 1-0 (10-6), for the Bulldogs (5-5).