Fresno State starter Jill Compton kept it close against No. 16 Minnesota, but offensively the Bulldogs couldn’t keep up in a 3-1 loss Saturday night at the Fresno State Classic at Margie Wright Diamond.
The Bulldogs (18-10) had their perfect start as their tournament came to an end, while the Gophers (21-4) won their 16th in a row.
Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the third on Kaitlyn Richardson’s single.
Fresno State tied it one inning later as Bria Kennedy roped a triple down the right-field line to score pinch runner Brooke Coates from second.
But the Bulldogs’ offense was quiet from there. Kennedy’s hit was the team’s only one with runners in scoring position, with Fresno State going 1 for 9 for the game and stranding eight runners in all.
The Gophers broke the tie in the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles from Tyler Walker and Sam Macken.
Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen (13-2) struck out eight while allowing six hits, one run and two walks.
Compton (10-7) went all seven innings for Fresno State, giving up eight hits on three runs (all earned) to go with seven strikeouts.
The Bulldogs wrap up the classic at 2:30 p.m. Sunday against Cal Poly.
• Sierra Hyland (El Diamante High) struck out six and retired the final nine batters she faced to help Cal Poly edge Montana 2-1 at the six-team classic. Hyland (10-8) gave up three hits and one run in her 15th start and 21st appearance of the season. The Mustangs also beat Providence 4-2 in the morning to sweep their Saturday set of games. Winners of six in a row, Cal Poly plays Minnesota at noon before closing out its tournament run against Fresno State.
Fresno State baseball team loses close one to UC Davis
From the start, it seemed as if Fresno State was doomed.
Errors put the Bulldogs behind early and Aggies starting pitcher Orlando Razo took down the first 13 batters he faced.
Fresno State (10-10) didn’t give up, breaking up Razo’s bid in the fifth on Manny Argomaniz’s outfield single and clawing back to lead before falling 4-3 to the Aggies in front of 1,504 fans at Beiden Field on Saturday.
After ending Razo’s bid in the fifth, the Bulldogs’ bats came to life in the sixth, tagging the Aggies’ starter for four hits and two runs for the lead.
With two outs and one on, Taylor Tempel tripled to the opposite field to score Brody Russell from first. Taylor Ward continued the surge, ripping a double to the wall in left center for a 2-1 Bulldogs lead.
The Aggies came back in the eighth, going ahead on Tino Lipson’s two-out, two-run triple. Russell, the center fielder, tried to chase down Lipson’s liner, getting a glove on the ball but simultaneously crashing into the wall and dropping it.
UC Davis built its lead to two runs on an error in the top of the ninth.
Fresno State cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the inning on an error, but the comeback fell short as pinch hitter Korby Batesole grounded out to second on the final play of the game.
Tim Borst (1-2) was tagged with the loss. Razo (4-1) allowed eight hits and two runs in 71/3 innings.
UC Davis (11-8-1) evened the three-game nonconference series after the Bulldogs took Friday’s opener 10-1.
The series ends Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m.