Fresno State has its first losing streak of the season on the softball diamond, but it took the nation’s top two ranked teams to do it.
The Bulldogs were hardly embarrassed, but lost 4-1 to No. 1 Florida and 3-0 to No. 2 Oregon on Saturday at the Judi Garman Classic tournament in Fullerton.
Senior right-hander Lauren Haeger (11-0) pitched a six-hitter with nine strikeouts for the defending national champ Gators, who went 10-0 on a road trip to California that extended their program-best start to 27-0. Michelle Solomon’s double drove in the Bulldogs’ run in the sixth.
Cheridan Hawkins, a returning All-America ace who went unused in the Ducks’ 5-1 loss to Florida on Friday, pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Oregon moved to 18-3, including another loss to Florida in a tournament last week in San Diego.
Fresno State (15-7) gets only a small measure of relief on the final day of the Garman, closing out against No. 9 Baylor and No. 13 Arizona.
Baseball: Beavers sweep two from ’Dogs
Even once every 60 years or so may be too many trips to Corvallis for the Fresno State baseball team.
The Bulldogs are on the verge of being swept by Oregon State, just as they were the last time they visited the Beavers’ home field in 1952.
Oregon State, a day after a walk-off win in the 11th inning, swept Saturday’s doubleheader. Game 1 of the twinbill had some intrigue, with the Bulldogs with a shot through the eighth inning before losing 5-2. The nightcap was a blowout, an eight-run third pushing the Beavers’ lead to 11-0 in what was eventually a 12-2 final.
Fresno State (7-8) continued its 2015 pattern, with winning streaks of three and four spliced around and among losing skids of five and now three games. Oregon State (12-3) goes for the sweep at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, looking to go 6-0 all-time at home against Fresno State including two regional wins that sent the Beavers to their first College World Series in ’52.
Bright spots were rare for the Bulldogs, who until Friday had won six straight in the all-time series and led it 28-9. The Nos. 2-4 hitters in the lineup — Jake Stone, Taylor Ward and Kevin Viers — went a combined 6 for 10 in Saturday’s opener but without an RBI. First-year starter Dylan Lee in 61/3 innings walked four and allowed four hits and four runs, though just two were earned.
Dominic Topoozian, Lee’s rival a year ago when the former was at Fresno City College and the latter at Sequoias, got his first Division I start in game 2 and used 44 pitches while allowing three runs on four hits, with two wild pitches. Redshirt freshman Anthony Arias, impressive in a three-inning scoreless debut against Sacramento State earlier in the week after sitting out 2014 because of Tommy John surgery, came on in the third but got only two outs and ultimately was charged with eight runs.
Oregon State right-hander Travis Eckert, in his first year with the Beavers after stops at two junior colleges, pitched four-hit, two-run ball over 82/3 innings. K.J. Harrison, whose homer won Friday’s game, and Gabe Clark were a combined 9 for 16 in the doubleheader with six RBIs while batting 3-4 in the lineup.
Men’s tennis ends skid
Euan McIntosh had to fight for a 6-2, 5-7, 10-7 victory at No. 1 singles but that was pretty much the extent of the challenge for the Fresno State men’s tennis team in a 7-0 win over University of South Carolina Upstate in New Orleans.
The Bulldogs (5-5) snapped a three-match losing streak. The Spartans fell to 1-9.